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Election Day in Beverly

Posted by Ryan Mooney  November 5, 2012 03:23 PM

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Polling centers for national and local elections will be open in Beverly from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow night. For information on where to vote, click here.

The state Senate race for the Second Essex District, which all of Salem falls into, pits Democratic challenger Joan Lovely, president of the Salem City Council, against Republican Richard Jolitz, of Beverly, to replace longtime Senator Fred Berry (D-Peabody) who has represented the district since 1983.

State Representative Jerald Parisella, a Democrat and lifelong resident of Beverly, is running to represent the city on Beacon Hill for a second term unchallenged.

A sample ballot with information on each candidate and their positions on certain issues is available here.

Voters will also decide on a Governor's Councilor between Maura Ciardiello (R-Haverhill) and Eileen Duff (D-Gloucester) to fill the Fifth Essex District seat currently held by Mary-Ellen Manning, and will have a say on three statewide questions:

Question 1. The Right to Repair Initiative - If passed, motor vehicle manufacturers would be required to allow vehicle owners and independent repair facilities in Massachusetts to have access to the same vehicle diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturers' Massachusetts dealers and authorized repair facilities.

Question 2. The Death with Dignity Initiative - If passed, physicians licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally-ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person's life.

Question 3. The Medical Marijuana Initiative - If passed, state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana will be eliminated, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use.

Election results will be available through the city clerk's office.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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