Midterm Election Day 2018: What you need to know

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Election Day is finally here, and a large turnout is expected at polling places across Massachusetts.

While many people already cast their ballots in early voting, if you had not done so, Tuesday is your last chance to get out there to make your voice heard in this year’s midterm elections.  Across Massachusetts, polling locations will be open at 7:00 A.M., and you will have until 8:00 P.M. to vote.
The statewide races this year are those for:

  • U.S. Senate – Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) is challenged by State Rep. Geoff Diehl (R) and scientist/entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai, an independent.
     
  • Governor- Gov. Charlie Baker (R) is facing a challenge from former Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez (D).
     
  • Attorney General – Incumbent AG Maura Healey (D) is challenged for re-election by Bourne Attorney James “Jay” McMahon (R).
     
  • Treasurer – State Treasurer Deb Goldberg (D) is running for re-election against State Rep. Keiko Orrall (R), and Northampton resident Jamie Guerin of the Green-Rainbow Party.
     
  • Secretary of State – Incumbent William Galvin (D) is being challenged this year by Anthony Amore (R), who leads security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Also on the ballot is Juan Sanchez of the Green Rainbow Party, who had run for Holyoke City Council in 2017.
     
  • Auditor – There is a four-way race for state Auditor, with incumbent Suzanne Bump (D) challenged by Republican Helen Brady, Libertarian Daniel Fishman, and Green Rainbow candidate Edward “Jed” Stamas.

There are also three statewide ballot questions:

  • Question 1 – If passed, Question 1 would limit the number of patients assigned to nurses in hospitals, and certain other care facilities, with different ratios set up depending on the conditions of patients.
     
  • Question 2 – If passed, would create a 15-member “citizens’ commission” to consider and recommend possible amendments to the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations do not have the same rights as human beings, and therefore political contributions of corporations can be limited.
     
  • Question 3 – Asks whether voters want to uphold the state’s 2016 law that prevents discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public acommodations.

All western Massachusetts residents will also vote on who represents them in the Governor’s Council, which votes on judicial nominations. Most western Massachusetts residents live in the 8th District, where incumbent Mary Hurley (D) is challenged by Massachusetts Independent candidate Mike Franco. The easternmost portions of Hampden and Hampshire Counties are located in the 7th District, where Republican Jennie Caissie is facing a re-election challenge from Democrat Paul DePalo.

The only contested race for the U.S. House of Representatives locally is in the 2nd Congressional District, which is based in central Massachusetts, but includes most of eastern Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as a single precinct in the Bondsville section of Palmer. Voters there will be choosing between incumbent U.S. Rep. James McGovern, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, physical therapist/businesswoman Tracy Lovvorn, a Republican.

Depending on where you live, you may also have contested races for State Senate and State House of Representatives. Additionally, there are some non-binding local ballot questions in different legislative districts, mostly in Hampshire County. These non-binding questions ask voters if they want their representative to advocate for single-payer healthcare or if they want to implement a ranked-choice voting system.

22News is Your Local Election Headquarters, and we will have live team coverage throughout the day on this year’s key races.

If you are unsure where your polling location is, click here.

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