Norton Election Results 2012
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LIVE 2012 CONTESTED NORTON ELECTION RESULTS
See the attached ballots for all races. Winners and passed questions are in bold.
|Race||Democratic Candidates||Results||Republican Candidates||Results||Third Party Candidate||Results|
|U.S. Congress 4th District||
|4,763||Sean Bielat||3,871||David Rosa (I)||246|
|MA Senator in General Court Bristol District||James E. Timilty||4,920||Jeffrey Robert Bailey||3,331|
|MA Representative 4th Bristol District
||A. Keith Carreiro||1,366||Steven Howitt||2,226|
|Governor's Council 2nd District||Robert L. Jubinville||3,822||Earl H. Sholley||3,854|
|Bristol County Commissioner||Paul B. Kitchen||3,692||John R. Mitchell (D)||3,165||Paul J. Levasseur (I)||3,081|
|Question 1: 'Right to Repair'||Yes||7,378||No||1,022|
|Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication||Yes||4,267||No||4,588|
|Question 3: Medical Marijuana||Yes||5,727||No||3,092|
|Question 4: Voter ID||Yes||6,216||No||1,989|
Scott Brown (R), Elizabeth Warren (D): U.S. Senate
Scott Brown has represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate since a January 2010 special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the late Ted Kennedy. Brown defeated state Attorney General Martha Coakley with 1,168,107 votes, or 51.9 percent, to her 1,058,682 votes, or 47.1 percent.
Joe Kennedy III (D), Sean Bielat (R), David A. Rosa (I): 4th Congressional District
These candidats are running for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Barney Frank. Kennedy is a former Middlesex County assistant district attorney. Sean Bielat is a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the CEO of an Internet startup company. He ran against Frank for this seat in 2010, losing by 10 points, which was the closest race for the incumbent since his first election in 1980. David A. Rosa is no longer an active candidate, but his name remains on the ballot because he withdraw from the race past the deadline.
A. Keith Carreiro (D), Steven Howitt (R): 4th Bristol District State Representative
Howitt has been a State Representative since 2010. He won the seat on his third attempt when he defeated two-term Rep. Steven D'Amico. He faces off against Candidate A. Keith Carreiro, a teacher and school committee member.
James Timilty (D), Jeff Bailey (R): Mass. Senate Bristol & Norfolk District (Attleboro and Seekonk)
Candidate James Timilty has been in office since he was first elected to the seat in 2004. His father, grandfather and several other family members were elected political officials. Bailey has been the senior pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Attleboro for 23 years and founded the church's K-12 school. This is his first run for a political office.
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Norton Updates From The Polls
9:15 p.m.: Though the voter turnout was under Town Clerk Danielle Sicard's prediction, the unofficial count of 9,099 was good enough for her. The next largest voter turnout was in 2008 when 8,900 Norton residents took to the polls.
"That's significant when you're talking about the percentage," Sicard said. "That's 75.6 percent. I estimated about 78 percent. I'm a little surprised it didn't hit that because it seemed so busy. But I'm not disappointed at all."
No major glitches in the voting process were reported.
The official results will be released around Nov. 16 when the Board of Registrars meets to go over the ballots.
"Generally it's small adjustments that are made after this process of what they are doing, but they don't usually affect [the unofficial results]."
8:54 p.m.: The unofficial results reveal that a record 9,099 voters turned out to the polls. Obama just beat out Mitt Romney 4,454 to 4,449.
7:15 p.m.: Over 8,255 votes have been casted thus far.
Precinct 1- 1,827
Precinct 2- 1,832
Precinct 3- 1,791
Precinct 4- 1,736
Precinct 5- 1,069
4:50 p.m.: As of 4 p.m., 6,515 votes were casted.
"I think this election is going to be historical," said Robert Keating, who is supporting A. Keith Carreiro for the 4th Bristol District State Representative seat against incumbent Steven Howitt.
Carreiro agreed, saying that the traffic has been steady all day.
Precinct 1- 1,409
Precinct 2- 1,447
Precinct 3- 1,399
Precinct 4- 1,409
Precinct 5- 851
12:12 p.m.: While traffic on Route 123 is a little backed up, voting at the high school has been going pretty smoothly, according to Town Clerk Danielle Sicard. But she urges people to vote as soon as possible.
"People should not wait until the last minute," she said, reminding them that even if you are in traffic or in line, polls close at 8 p.m. per the law.
Precinct 1- 940
Precinct 3- 842
Precinct 4- 985
Precinct 5- 607
12 p.m.: Town Clerk Danielle Sicard says that 4,279 voters cast a ballot. There were 679 in the first hour, with about 200 people lined up to vote at 6 a.m.
9:16 a.m.: Norton resident Terry Dotolo says that polls are very busy but the volunteers had it so organized it took her 5 minutes to vote.