12:38 a.m.: Results are listed below
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The polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Election Day. Check Shrewsbury Patch throughout the day for report.
6 p.m.: Residents were lining up at the Shrewsbury Municipal Center to vote. Among those ready to cast ballots? Eighteen-year-old Robin Petruci, who was a first-time voter. Poll worker Susan Leahy had been at the Shrewsbury Municipal Center since 6 a.m. She said a lot of first time voters cast ballots today. Warden Dot Perkins, who has worked at the polls for 17 years, said there had been a line at the door at 6:30 a.m.
1:40 p.m.: Sean Carpenter, Steve Simonian's campaign manager checked in with Patch, en route to Leicester, followed by stops in Auburn and then Shrewsbury polling locations. "We've been to almost every poll and we've gotten a great response," said Carpenter. "A very good response, in fact. Lots of thumbs up for Steve. A lot of people are voting today and there are a lot of traffic jams."
12:15 p.m.: "Voting was a breeze," said Shrewsbury resident (and well known writer) Scott McLennan. "I'm in precinct 8, which votes at Spring Street School, and it was an easy in-and-out little after noon. My FedEx guy was there and said he tried to vote first thing in the morning but the line was too long for him to wait in. The 'no parking' signs around the school driveway outnumbered any politicking happening near the polls. It was good to see several voters bringing their kids to the polls. My own daughter cast her first ballot today."
7:30 a.m.: Jason Palitsch, chairman of the Shrewsbury Democratic Committee, posts on his Facebook page, "I was voter #94 at Precinct 9 in Shrewsbury this morning. HAVE YOU VOTED YET?"
For all Shrewsbury residents planning to vote in today, here is what you need to know:
Results:Race Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party Candidates Results U.S. President Obama
45.07%Johnson/Stein 0.9%/0.2% U.S. Senate Warren
MA Senate, 2nd Worcester District
35.94%Answer Results Answer Results Question 1 "Right to Repair" Yes 14,057 No 2,277 Question 2 Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 7,936 No 9,452 Question 3 Medical Marijuana Yes 10,225 No 7,145
You may visit the website www.wheredoivotema.com to check your voting location or contact the Town Clerk's office.
- State Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, faces Republican Steve Simonian for the Second Worcester District
- State Rep. Matthew Beaton, R-Shrewsbury, unopposed Eleventh Worcester District
- US Sen. Scott Brown faces Democrat Elizabeth Warren
- U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, unopposed for 2nd Congressional District
- Presidential race: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson
- Ballot Issue: Question 1 — Right to Repair: "This proposed law would prohibit any motor vehicle manufacturer, starting with model year 2015, from selling or leasing, either directly or through a dealer, a new motor vehicle without allowing the owner to have access to the same diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturer's dealers and in-state authorized repair facilities."
- Ballot Issue: Question 2 — Death with Dignity: "This proposed law would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient's request, to end that patient's life. To qualify, a patient would have to be an adult resident who (1) is medically determined to be mentally capable of making and communicating health care decisions; (2) has been diagnosed by attending and consulting physicians as having an incurable, irreversible disease that will, within reasonable medical judgment, cause death within six months; and (3) voluntarily expresses a wish to die and has made an informed decision. The proposed law states that the patient would ingest the medicine in order to cause death in a humane and dignified manner."
Ballot Issue: Question 3 — Medical Marijuana: "This proposed law would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients. To qualify, a patient must have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV-positive status or AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, ALS, or multiple sclerosis. The patient would also have to obtain a written certification, from a physician with whom the patient has a bona fide physician-patient relationship, that the patient has a specific debilitating medical condition and would likely obtain a net benefit from medical use of marijuana."