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November 6, 2012

Down to the wire

Voters, candidates ready for historic election

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Galvin vowed to “enforce rigorously” the prohibition on campaigning within 150 feet of polling locations, and said poll observers from campaigns and interest groups would be monitored to prevent interference with the voting process.

“We further expect those in the position representing campaigns as observers will just do that — observe. Any effort to interfere with voting will not be tolerated, and those persons will be expelled from the polling place,” Galvin said.

Galvin said that while polls in most communities would be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., a select number of communities would start voting as early as 6 a.m. He said voters could visit www.wheredoivotema.com to find their polling location with directions and a preview of their local ballot, and Galvin’s office will have a toll-free hotline 1-800-462-VOTE to report voting problems today.

Galvin said he was “very confident in the integrity of our voting process,” and does not believe there is “rampant voter fraud” in Massachusetts, but would be on the lookout for irregularities.

While President Barack Obama is expected to win Massachusetts over the state’s former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, the contest between U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren remains tight with both candidates barnstorming the state on the final day before the election.

After multiple polls over the past week of campaigning showing Warren holding a small lead over Brown, a UMass Lowell/Boston Herald poll released Sunday night had Brown ahead of Warren 49 percent to 48 percent among likely voters, but trailing Warren 49 percent to 47 percent among registered voters.

The poll surveyed 956 Massachusetts registered voters, 800 of whom were deemed likely voters, between Oct. 31 and Nov. 3 and had a margin of error of 4.1 percent.

Brown’s bus tour was rolling through the North Shore yesterday morning, hitting Lynn and Beverly before making its way to Lowell, Fitchburg, Framingham and other destinations, while Warren had campaign stops planned in Boston, Fall River, Worcester, Framingham and West Roxbury.

A Suffolk University poll of bellwethers in Massachusetts showed Warren leading Brown 50 percent to 47 percent in Waltham and 53 percent to 45 percent in Gloucester.

According to Suffolk, both communities accurately predicted the outcomes in races for U.S. Senate during the last three presidential election years and were close to the statewide vote.

State House News Service contributed to this report.

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