Tuesday is Election Day as voters around the country gather at the polls to cast their votes in the Presidential and State races. In September, Foxborough saw 1,471 voters – or 14 percent of the town’s registered voters - turn out for the State Primary.
A much larger turnout is expected for Tuesday’s election as Town Clerk Robert Cutler said he's anticipating roughly 85 percent of the town's registered voters to make it out to the polls.
Here’s what you need to know about Tuesday’s election in Foxborough.
When/Where is the Election?
The 2012 State and Presidential Election is Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Ahern Middle School on Mechanic Street.
On the Ballot
• 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 is back on the ballot as he looks to pick up his first full six-year term. The Wrentham resident will go up against Democrat Elizabeth Warren, of Cambridge. This is as close a race as you will see on Election Day with no real leader in numerous likely voters polls.
• Massachusetts U.S. Representative, Fourth Congressional District—Tuesday 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.
Ballot Question 1: "Do you approve of a proposed law that 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 Question 2: "Do you approve of a proposed law that would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient’s request, to end that patient’s life?"
Ballot Question 3: "Do you approve of a proposed law that would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients?"