Grafton Updates From The Polls
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 11 p.m.: We will provide full election results on Wednesday.
9:45 p.m.: Results for 3 out of 5 precincts are in.
7:45 p.m., Grafton Middle School, Precincts 1, 2 and 3
Voters continued to trickle in as Grafton High School sophomores Victoria Franks and Taylor Theroux, both 15, guided them to their precincts.
One voter, who declined to give her name, said on her way out that the two most important issues to her during this election were the economy and health insurance coverage.
7:20 p.m., Grafton Elementary School, Precincts 4 and 5
Grafton High School freshman Cara Gilgan, 14, and Grafton Recreation Director Betty Wright continued to guide voters to the poll area. Wright said she was helping out because of the successful turnout.
Election workers had the following number of votes cast: 1,568 in Precinct 4 and 2,113 in Precinct 5.
5:10 p.m., Grafton Middle School, Precincts 1, 2 and 3
Election workers had the following number of votes cast: (Precinct 1, 1,417; Precinct 2, 1,620; Precinct 3, 1,490).
According to the town clerk's office, Grafton has 10,222 active voters and 1,644 inactive voters. Out of the 11,866 total registered voters, at least 7,385 (or 62.2 percent) had cast votes.
4:50 p.m., Grafton Elementary School, Precincts 4 and 5
Assistant Town Clerk Donna Girouard said 1,239 votes were cast in Precinct 4 and 1,619 votes were cast in Precinct 5.
One of the voters, Rose Boulanger, said she moved to Grafton in 2010. While she preferred to keep her selections to herself, the retired insurance broker said the election's most important issues to her are the economy, medicare and social security.
4:30 p.m., Grafton Middle School, Precincts 1, 2 and 3
Precinct 1 resident Robin Bazinet held a sign supporting State Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury. Bazinet said she had been standing at the entrance of the polling location since voting around 2:30 p.m.
"I think he's very visible and I think he's very aware of what his constituents want and believe in," she said of Moore, adding that her presidential choice was Barack Obama.
State Rep. George Peterson Jr., R-Grafton, also stood at the entrance to the school's parking lot, holding signs for both himself and Romney/Ryan.
"I think they've got a plan for the future," he said. "It's all about jobs and the economy this time for president."
2:50 p.m., Grafton Elementary School: Election workers said 989 votes were cast in Precinct 4; 1,215 were cast in Precinct 5.
2:20 p.m., Grafton Middle School: Election workers had the following number of votes cast: (Precinct 1, 1,034; Precinct 2, 1,178; Precinct 3, 1,162).
Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, who is hoping to keep his seat by defeating Republican challenger Stephen R. Simonian, was in Grafton.
"It's important to vote because it's your duty to your community and the future," he said.
Grafton voters headed to the polls Tuesday to decide contests for president, U.S. senator, state senator and state representative.
The races on the ballot are:
- State Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, faces Steve Simonian, Second Worcester District (Moore Wins)
- State Rep. George Peterson Jr., R-Grafton, unopposed Eleventh Worcester District
- US Sen. Scott Brown faces Democrat Elizabeth Warren (Warren wins)
- U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, unopposed for 2nd Congressional District
- Presidential race: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein (Obama wins)
U.S. Rep. James McGovern: , which he covered before U.S. Rep. Richard Neal stepped in. McGovern will become Grafton’s representative again in January. He has already made several visits to town.
President Barack Obama: The president has the backing of Grafton's Democratic Town Committee.
GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney: Would you believe the mother of a Grafton woman once ironed his shirt? That led to an appearance by Romney on local cable access, a far cry from the national media spotlight he now occupies.
Ballot Issues (Results here)
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."
GRAFTON RESULTS (3 out of 5 precincts reporting)Race Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party Candidates Results U.S. President Obama 2,917 Romney 2,683 Johnson/Stein 30 U.S. Senate Warren 2,393 Brown 3,304 MA Senate, 2nd Worcester District Moore 3,547 Simonian 1,750 Answer Results Answer Results Question 1 "Right to Repair" Yes 4,532 No 633 Question 2 Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 2,746 No 2,841
Medical MarijuanaYes 3,494 No 2,092