Grafton Election Guide 2012; Polling Locations
We list the candidates and issues that affect Grafton.
As we look to the elections, Grafton Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates.
- Polling locations: Precincts 1, 2 and 3 vote at: Grafton Middle School, 22 Providence Rd.; Precincts 4 and 5 vote at: Grafton Elementary School, 105 Millbury St.
- State Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, faces Steve Simonian, Second Worcester District
- State Rep. George Peterson Jr., R-Grafton, unopposed Eleventh Worcester District
State Rep. George Peterson: The Grafton resident is once again in the running for state representative.
- US Sen. Scott Brown faces Democrat Elizabeth Warren
- U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, unopposed for 2nd Congressional District
- Presidential race: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson
U.S. Rep. James McGovern: Everything old is new again, as redistricting brings McGovern back to Grafton, which he covered before U.S. Rep. Richard Neal stepped in. McGovern becomes 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 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."