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Attleboro and Seekonk Election Results 2012

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Stay with Attleboro-Seekonk Patch all day as we update this article with news and information from the polls and live election results after 8 p.m.

LIVE 2012 Attleboro ELECTION RESULTS (Look for Seekonk results Wednesday morning)

       Race       Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party Candidate Results U.S. President

Obama-Biden

10,369 Romney-Ryan 8,406 Johnson-Gray, Stein-Honkala J-G, 260; S-H, 93 U.S. Senate

Elizabeth Warren

8,708 Scott Brown 10,397 U.S. Congress District 4

Joe Kennedy III

11,410 Sean Bielat 6,683 David A. Rosa 725 MA Senate DISTRICT Bristol and Norfolk James Timilty 6,119 Jeff Bailey 3,975
MA House DISTRICT 2nd Bristol
Paul Heroux 9,568 George Ross 6,927
Governor's Council 2nd District Robert J. Jubinville 9,354 Earl H. Sholley 7,194 Bristol County Commission Paul B. Kitchen 8,072 John R. Mitchell (also a Democrat) 7,333 Paul J. Levasseur 6,122 Answer Results Answer Results Question 1: 'Right to Repair' Yes 14,364 No 2,327 Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 8,469 No 9,696 Question 3: Medical Marijuana Yes 11,578 No 6,455

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Scott Brown (R), Elizabeth Warren (D): U.S. Senate

Scott Brown has represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate since winning a January 2010 special election to fill the seat vacated by the late Ted Kennedy. Elizabeth Warren is a Harvard Law School Professor and this is her first run for a political office.

Joe Kennedy III (D), Sean Bielat (R), David A. Rosa (I): 4th Congressional District (Attleboro and Seekonk)

These candidats are running for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Barney Frank. Kennedy is a former Middlesex County assistant district attorney. Sean Bielat is a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the CEO of an Internet startup company. He ran against Frank for this seat in 2010, losing by 10 points, which was the closest race for the incumbent since his first election in 1980. David A. Rosa is no longer an active candidate, but his name remains on the ballot because he withdraw from the race past the deadline.

Paul Heroux (D), George Ross (R): Mass. House 2nd Bristol District (Attleboro)

Candidate George Ross has been the state House representative for the district that includes all of Attleboro except Ward 3B for one term. He defeated former Rep. Bill Bowles in 2010, two years after Bowles had defeated him in a contest for the seat. Heroux grew up in Attleboro and is a public policy and administration consultant. He has held various government and private business jobs.

A. Keith Carreiro (D), Steven Howitt (R): Mass. House 4th Bristol District (Seekonk)

Candidate Steven Howitt has been the state representative for the district that includes Seekonk and several other communities for one term. He won the seat in 2010 on his third attempt when he defeated two-term Rep. Steven D'Amico. Carreiro Howitt is a third-generation Seekonk resident and former town selectman. Carreiro, a third-generation Swansea resident, sits on the town's school committee. He is a teacher.

James Timilty (D), Jeff Bailey (R): Mass. Senate Bristol & Norfolk District (Attleboro and Seekonk)

Candidate James Timilty, a resident of Walpole, has been in office since he was first elected to the seat in 2004. His father, grandfather and several other family members were elected political officials. Bailey has been the senior pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Attleboro for 23 years and founded the church's K-12 school. This is his first run for a political office.

Go to the bottom of the page to read about other races in Attleboro and Seekonk, both contested and uncontested.

Updates From The Polls

5:10 p.m. Both George Ross and Paul Heroux are at La Salette Shrine holding signs and waving at voters. Ross spoke with Patch this morning. Scroll down to see his comments. Heroux spoke with us within the past few minutes. He said Election Day has been a "nice close to the election season."

"It has been great to see a lot of the people whose doors I knocked on coming through and waving," Heroux said. 

When asked if he thinks he will win, Heroux said he didn't know. 

"This is going to be a close race," Heroux said. I wish I had a crystal ball because then I could relax a little bit. If George wins, I can see why he would have won because he's been around for a long time and is entrenched in this city, and a lot of people like him. If I win, then that's what the voters decided."

3:40 p.m. Maryann Draine, office manager of the Attleboro Election's Department, told Patch that voter turnout is 38 percent as of 3 p.m. Turnout was 71 percent for the last presidential election in 2008. Draine said it is hard to determine whether the city is on pace to meet or exceed that amount because people vote at different times. There are 27,288 registered voters in Attleboro.

2:10 p.m. More than 1,500 people have voted at the Knights of Columbus on Highland Avenue in Attleboro's Ward 2, according to the latest tally numbers. Cindy, a poll worker, said, "It's been pretty steady all day. It was crowded this morning with a line out the door and we expect the number to pick up in the evening.

12:35 p.m. It will be several hours until we know who wins the 4th congressional district battle between Sean Bielat and Joe Kennedy III, but Bielat is not getting any votes from the knitting club at the Seekonk Public Library.

"That Bielat, too many calls, I had to take my phone off the hook," said one club member who was not using her indoor voice. "I'm sorry, but I couldn't vote for him after that."

Other members agreed with her.

12:20 p.m. The predicted chaos by some people was not visible at Seekonk High School, the town's lone voting station. Town Clerk Jan Parker told Patch the situation was "great" and "well-organized." She said the collaboration of her office and the school, public works and police departments made for a positive experience. 

Parker said even when it was busy, people have not had to wait in line for more than a couple minutes.

"We had a line at 6:30 because we didn't open until 7, but we got those people in and out," Parker said. "People are not waiting. We have plenty of booths, which was supposedly an issue and hasn't been an issue."

She continued, "We have plenty of parking. It's not an issue. The weather has been good, so people don't seem to mind walking."

After they cast their ballots, Seekonk voters are greeted by a number of people as the move through an angled hallway toward the exit. Library officials are conducting a survey about what services residents are looking for and various other questions. The Seekonk High scholarship fund is holding a bake sale and the Save A Pet Society is selling items for a fundraiser.

11:20 a.m. A well-sized, but manageable group is voting at Elk's Lodge in Ward 6. More than 1,000 people had voted as of 11 a.m., according to the posted poll tally. A poll worker told Patch that just an hour earlier the line was going out the front door. "Busy, busy, busy," he said about the day so far.

10:40 a.m. State Rep. George Ross was waving to voters driving entering the parking lot at La Salette. He told Patch he is feeling confident.

"I've had a lot of support, a lot of good calls, a lot of beeps from cars, a lot of waves," Ross said. "I just hope they're more than friendly. I hope they vote."

Ross said he has a full roster of people helping his campaign today, including four or five supporters stationed at each polling place in the city as well as people making phone calls. He plans to go to each polling station today, including Good News Bible Chapel in Ward 2, where he still needs to vote! 

10 a.m. A steady stream of people are voting at La Salette Shrine, the only station where residents of two wards (4 and 5) are assigned. Those driving into the parking lot meet a large number of people holding signs for various candidates. Among the sign holders is Ward 5 City Councilor Jeremy Denlea (holding an Elizabeth Warren/Joe Kennedy III combo sign) and City Council Vice President Peter Blais (holding a James Timilty sign). 

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Other Races

State Rep. 14th Bristol District Republican incumbent Betty Poirier faces no challenger; State Senate, Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Republican incumbent Richard Ross faces no challenger; Governor's Council, 2nd District Democrat Robert J. Jubinville and Republican Earl H. Sholley compete for an open seat; Bristol County Commission Incumbents Paul B. Kitchen and John R. Mitchell and challenger Paul J. Levasseur compete for two seats; Bristol Superior Court Clerk Democratic incumbent Mark J. Santos faces no challenger; Register of Deeds, Northern Bristol County Democratic incumbent Barry J. Amaral of Taunton faces no challenger; Bristol County Treasurer Democratic incumbent Chirstopher J. Saunders faces no challenger

Emcee of Seekonk November 06, 2012 at 11:26 AM
A bumpy start for Mitt... luckily these are not bellwether towns: "Two tiny villages in northern New Hampshire kicked off the 2012 election by casting the first Election Day votes early Tuesday. "President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each won 5 votes in Dixville Notch, and in Hart's Location Obama won with 23 votes, Romney received 9 and Libertarian Gary Johnson received 1 vote.".. --Foxnews.com
deb of see-attleboro November 06, 2012 at 11:53 AM
My vote: Romney, Brown, Bielat, Bailey, Howitt I plan on voting no on question 2 & 3. I do not know enough about question 1 to form an opinion. I also won't cast a vote in Governor's council or BC Commissioner race. Suppose I should go now and beat the crowds;)
paul November 06, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I got to the poll (SHS) at 7 and the line was out the door. Got out at 7:30 would have been sooner but not very organized. Several people but their ballots in the wrong precinct box which shouldn't matter because we only have one polling location. Why do we check in by precinct with only one poll? With no I.D. required why check in at all? How about some new blood on the poll workers crew? Some of those old ladies are slower than a dry creek!
Amy November 06, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I voted in Seekonk around 7:30am. 2 policemen were directing traffic and it was still a mess. I wonder how much money that saved? Then, when you go to the building you have to read a small printed poster on the door to find out what prescient you’re in. Then, you stand in line to check in. Then, there’s: “do not cross” crime scene tape for a path to the voting booth. Then, stand in line again to check out. There was a lady in front of me that didn’t seem happy about any of this and said something to the blond person directing people around the crime scene tape. The blond person said we all worked hard so it would be easier or something to that effect. I have no doubt everyone worked hard and did their best. However, Seekonk needs another polling place for the Presidential and larger turnout elections. I can almost guarantee that anyone running for any future office in Seekonk may want to keep that in mind. Not everyone may voice their opinion publically but they sure do when they’re trying to get around the parking lot. There was a lady with a walker that almost got clipped coming around a car and I almost got hit coming out of the parking lot. How is this beneficial to the community? It's not the poll workers fault. they do thier best, It's just a bad situation that will get worse. Unfortunetly it seems to be a game of who wins, to some.
Doreen November 06, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I was at the polls at 8:15am and things were moving right along. Please do not mock the ladies at the tables. They are dedicated and doing the best they can . Not everyone is willing to work the polls whether there are 4 stations or just 1. This is a huge election as everyone knows. Seekonk is a small community and unfortunately voter turnout only exceeds patient levels when it's Presidential. Shame on you Seekonk! If the Town could count on bigger turnouts ALL the time the associated costs would justify the means. That being said they are watching our tax dollars and I think they deserve a little patience. That goes for the workers as well as the Police Officers. You should expect a wait. It's going to happen. Plan on it. BTW I voted for Steve Howitt!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! I urge all to do the same ;-)
Doreen November 06, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Oh, BTW a note for Keith Carreiro. Don't send mailers when you clearly have no clue what you are talking about. I'm sending it back to where it came from with a letter of my opinion on the subject. Otherwise it would be in the TRASH as it is nothing but a piece of garbage.
Joe November 06, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I voted at the High School at about 7:15 this morning and things seemed to be running pretty well. The line was moving right along and there was plenty of help. Got in and back out in less than 15 minutes. Maybe that was because I knew my precinct and had studied the questions BEFORE i went to vote. There were atleast 2 police officers in the parking lot directing traffic. All in all I think things were going well for the turnout at that hour.
Carol Bragg November 06, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I voted in Seekonk at 11:20. I knew my precinct and took in a sample ballot I had filled out online. It was the fastest voting experience I've ever had. As Mary Poppins said, "Practically perfect in every respect." For all the criticism she's taken, the Town Clerk obviously knows what she's doing. Her crew were pleasant and efficient, as were the police officers outside. I was inclined to think maybe two polling places are needed for Presidential elections, but unless lines are excessively long tonight, I'd say a nearly flawless operation can be run at a single polling place.
paul November 06, 2012 at 05:35 PM
We always talk about getting young people involved in the political process, why not start at the polls? I'm not mocking the old timers, just wondering why no fresh faces. Is it because the same old people get asked every election until they pass away? I only saw 1or 2 young people the entire time I was there.
deb of see-attleboro November 06, 2012 at 06:43 PM
If this election proves to be a "flawless operation", that would be thanks to the schools for agreeing to shut down.
Chrys Swenson November 06, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I'd like to know who that person was watching me vote at La Sallette. I asked and was told "Big Bosses." She was writing down the names of people that were voting and she wasn't one of the people that was at the table checking in voters. Did anyone else see this happening? Why was it going on?
deb of see-attleboro November 06, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I did not hear the predictions of "chaos" at Seekonk's single polling place. I never had a problem before the change I did not expect one after the change. IMO, this is all about customer service and voter turnout.
Nelson Almeida November 06, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Good job to the patch staff for keeping us informed on election updates
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 10:39 PM
There was an error that comments were not appearing. They are all up now and all further comments should appear immediately. Sorry for the error.
Briana Auclair November 06, 2012 at 11:45 PM
LaSalette Shrine was like a well oiled machine at 5:30- great staff. The parking lot took longer to navigate than the lines and voting.
Darren Major November 07, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Paul Heroux won!
CGB November 07, 2012 at 03:23 AM
No results reported here except Heroux-Ross race. Go to Sun-Chronicle site for results.
Chris November 07, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I went around 12:30pm, no lines, no waiting. I knew where I had to go from my previous years of voting. I knew the questions before going as well. Kudos to the people who volunteered their time & are there for every election that the Town of Seekonk has. Paul if your not happy on how things were running, then you should have volunteered your time, perhaps after work. Obviously, if you were the first few people there before the polls officially open, then you should have expected a line. As of now, it's not required for us to provide our ID's, perhaps in the future, but I assure you, if that does happen, then expect the long lines.
paul November 08, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I'm not old enough to volunteer, one has to be 80+ to work the polls.
deb of see-attleboro November 08, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Chris: Do you vote in every elections? I expect to wait in line every 4 years. I did not mind going to the high school yesterday. It is the local election turnout that has been affected by the single location at the high school. After the attempted override of 2006 and the historic election of 2008, I believe we had momentum favoring election participation. That momentum was halted with the change to a single location. And maybe that was by design. There was a time I could play a part in getting out the vote for these town ballot questions and elections. And it is the 60% of Seekonk's voters who throw away their vote during local elections that have put the town in what my opinion is a very precarious position. Next time we have a prop 2 1/2 overide question, I would not be surprised if it passed. And maybe that is why we have one polling location. Time will tell.
Emcee of Seekonk November 08, 2012 at 03:17 PM
There was a safety valve, and I used it, that is: the absentee ballot. The day I went, I was the only one, so it was great: no lines, easy at-the-door parking. Now, I'm guessing if more people used the absentee ballot route, and town hall started to get jammed up with folks using this safety valve, the economy of one polling place might be given a second look at. I think there is a clear need for a polling place in the south end of town.

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