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Turnout in Braintree high for election as residents head to the polls

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 6, 2012 04:36 PM

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IMG_1849.jpg View more pictures from Election Day in Braintree here.

Braintree voters are heading to the city's 12 polling places in large numbers on Tuesday to select candidates for president, US Senate, Congress and the state Legislature.

"It's never stopped all day," said Gail Foster, the Warden at the Marge Crispin Center. "I don't remember not seeing a line."

There had been some problems at the center, with a broken ballot box earlier in the morning, however everything had since been resolved and was operating smoothly by mid-afternoon.

The only problem remained inactive and unregistered voters, who created conundrums for poll workers trying to figure out where they all went.

Hence the Election Resource Center, a group of half a dozen people situated at town hall with the data for all the precincts and the state lists at their fingertips.

"This is helping us expidute someone showing up at a place there is no record of them," said Town Clerk Joe Powers, who instituted the idea four years ago.

According to Powers, by 4 p.m. the day had been a success, with numbers expecting to exceed 79 percent voter turnout.

"We saw the early morning lines of getting votes in, and we expect similar crowds in the evening," Powers said.

Although this won't be the highest turnout the town has seen, it will be the highest since 2000, when voters could register to vote while they renewed their driver's licenses.

"I think the whole town is doing well. You have two great races, president and senate. Every vote will count, that's for sure," said Alfred Varrassi, the Warden at the Braintree Town Hall polling station.

Every vote will count for US Representative Stephen Lynch, who declined to discuss his feelings on the race, but referenced the busy day.

"Turnout is great, so that helps. But between the presidential and Senate race, they have beat the bushes," he said.

The polls are open until 8 pm, and you can check out a sample ballot before hand right here.

Among the race for president and US Senate, voters will be asked to chose between Stephen Lynch and Joe Selvaggi for House of Representative, Robert Jubinville and Earl Sholley for Councilor, and John Gillis and Francis O’Brien for County Commissioner.

Candidates for Blue Hills Regional Vocational School Committee will also be on the ballot.

Other local races are uncontested.

Voters will also be asked to make decisions in three main areas.

The first asks voters to force car manufacturers to release diagnostic and repair information, usually sent to manufacturer’s dealers and in-state authorized repair facilities, to owners, allowing for more wide-spread repair abilities.

Question 2 allows physicians to prescribe a terminally ill patient medication that would end that patient’s life.

Question 3 would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana for qualifying patients.

To view a sample ballot, click here.

To find where to vote, click here.

To view a list of all polling places, click here.

To follow the election on Twitter, follow @jessmayb3 or @YourBraintree for updates throughout the day. #mavote

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