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November 5, 2012

Heavy turnout expected

Polls open statewide tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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In the U.S. Senate race, two candidates appear on the ballot — Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. In the U.S. representative race, Democratic Congressman John Tierney appears on the ballot with two challengers, Republican Richard Tisei and Libertarian Daniel Fishman.

Also on the ballot is a race for the Governors Council, a board that selects candidates for state judicial posts. The candidates are Republican Maura Ciardiello and Democrat Eileen Duff.

In Newburyport, Amesbury, Salisbury, and Merrimac, voters will see four candidates vying for the state Senate seat that was vacated by Sen. Steven Baddour earlier this year. The candidates are Democrat Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Republican Shawn Toohey, Independent Paul Magliocchetti and unenrolled candidate James Kelcourse.

In Newbury, West Newbury, Georgetown, Groveland and Merrimac, Democrat Barry Fogel and Republican Lenny Mirra are vying for the state representative seat that Harriett Stanley has held for nearly 18 years. Stanley is retiring at the end of her current term, which expires in January. For decades Rowley voters were also in Stanley’s district, but they were removed from it when the district’s boundaries were redrawn earlier this year. Rowley voters are now in a district represented by Republican Brad Hill of Ipswich.

Also on the ballot are a variety of ballot questions. All voters in the state will have questions 1, 2 and 3, while a slate of other ballot questions varies from town to town.

A yes vote on Question 1 gives independent auto mechanics greater access to repair data and diagnostic codes. If it passes, Massachusetts will be the first in the nation to approve the measure.

A yes vote on Question 2 allows terminally ill people to end their lives with pills prescribed by a physician. Although the question has been dubbed “doctor-assisted suicide,” doctors will play no part in the actual administration of the lethal pills. Assisted suicide is legal in two other states, Washington and Oregon.

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