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Large Voter Turnout Expected for November 6 Election

Tuesday, November 6, should prove to be an interesting day for voters as well as a very busy day for poll workers in Upton and Mendon. As the country prepares to either re-elect President Obama or elect a new President, Mitt Romney, that day, other races and questions on the ballot are also likely to draw a large voter turnout.

On the ballots in both towns are the candidates running for President and Vice President, who include Democratic incumbents Barack Obama and Joseph Bidden, Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Libertarians Gary Johnson and James Gray, and representing the Green-Rainbow ticket are Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala.

Running for Senate in Congress is incumbent Republican Scott Brown versus Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

Upton residents will decide another race for Senator in General Court between incumbent Democratic candidate Michael Moore who is running against Republican Stephen Simonian. In Mendon, incumbent Democrat Richard Moore is running uncontested for the Senator in General Court seat.

For the Representative in General Court both Mendon and Upton have uncontested, incumbent candidates on the ballot. On the Mendon ballot, Democrat John Fernandes is again running, and in Upton, Republican George Peterson is also running for another term.

Other uncontested races in both towns include Democrat James McGovern for Representative in Congress, Republican Jennie Caissie for Councillor, Democrat Denis McManus for Clerk of Courts, and Democrat Anthony Vigliotti for Register of Deeds.

There are three ballot questions that will be voted on as well. Question 1 is the Right to Repair Initiative and is asking voters whether or not they support a new law to allow vehicle owners and independent repair shops in the state to have access to the same vehicle information made available to manufacturers and other authorized repair facilities.

Question 2 is asking voters whether or not they support a licensed physician in the state to prescribe, at a terminally ill patient's request, medication that would end that patient's life.

Question 3 on the ballot is asking residents if they support the use of medical marijuana to distribute to patients who are ill or in pain through dispensaries set up throughout the state. The initiative would also allow for treatment centers to grow and process marijuana plants under the jurisdiction of the state's Board of Health.

In addition, Mendon residents will vote on two debt exclusions. If passed, Question 4 will purchase the former St. Michael's Parish for $360,000 and Question 5, if passed, will renovate the building for an additional $1.7 million in order to fund a new library for the community. The total tax impact of both questions to a property evaluated $300,000 would be $54 over a 20 year bond.

In Mendon, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Miscoe Hill School. In Upton, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Nipmuc Regional High School.


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