As we look ahead to November’s elections, Foxborough Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates.
• Sample Ballot: Specimen ballots will be posted here once they are made available on the town of Foxborough's website.
• Polling Location: Foxborough residents will vote at Ahern Middle School on Nov. 6.
• Early Voting: There is no early voting in Massachusetts, but there is absentee voting.
• U.S. President—President and Democratic candidate Barack Obama will be running for a second four-year term alongside Vice President Joe Biden, while challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney along with vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will look to bring the Republicans back to the White House.
• Massachusetts U.S. Senator—After winning the seat of the late Ted Kennedy during a special election in 2010, Republican Senator Scott Brown will be back on the ballot this fall as he looks to pick up his first full six-year term. The Wrentham resident will go up against Democrat Elizabeth Warren, of Cambridge. (Special Patch coverage: Read what Republicans and Democrats across Massachusetts offered as advice for their candidates for U.S. Senate, and share your thoughts on the first Brown vs. Warren debate held Sept. 20.)
• Massachusetts U.S. Representative, Fourth Congressional District—This fall will mark the first time Foxborough residents vote as part of the newly realigned Fourth District, as a result of the 2010 Federal Census and redistricting that followed. After winning their parties' nominations in the Sept. 6 primary, Republican candidate Sean Bielat will face Democratic candidate Joe Kennedy III in the final race.
• Governor’s Council, Second District—After winning their parties' nominations in the Sept. 6 primary, Democratic candidate Robert Jubinville of Milton and Republican candidate Earl Sholley of Norfolk will vie for the Second District Governor's Council seat on Nov. 6.
• Representative in General Court (State Representative), 13th Norfolk District— Republican Jay Barrows, a Mansfield resident, is running unopposed for re-election.
• Senate in General Court (State Senator), Norfolk and Bristol District— The Norfolk and Bristol District is represented by State Senator James Timilty, a Democrat from Walpole. Timilty has been challenged by Attleboro Republican Jeff Bailey.
• Question 1: "An Act to Protect Motor Vehicle Owners and Small Businesses in Repairing Motor Vehicles"—This initiative would require all car manufacturers to provide—on an equitable fair-market value subscription basis —all diagnostic and repair information for model years beginning in 2015 to owners or an owner’s designated in-state independent repair facility (not affiliated with a manufacturer or its authorized dealers). The law would also make available for purchase information for model years 2002 through 2014.
Question 2: "An Act Relative to Death with Dignity"—This initiative would allow physicians to prescribe medication to terminally ill patients that would end their lives. The act would require that patients are mentally capable of making this decision and orally communicating it to a doctor on two occasions 15 days apart. Participation by a doctor or health care facility would be voluntary.
Question 3: "A Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana"—This initiative seeks to legalize the use and cultivation of marijuana as a medical drug. It calls for no penalties for "qualifying patients, physicians and health care professionals, personal caregivers for patients, or medical marijuana treatment center agents for the medical use of marijuana." (Gov. Deval Patrick weighed in on the issue in a live chat on Foxborough Patch.)
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