Election Day 2012

What do November 6th and Harbor Health Services have in common?

Our community.

On November 6, 2012 there is an election that will be critically important to the communities that Harbor Health Services serves.  From voting to who will be our next President of United States to a ballot question with life or death implications this election is an important one.

Making your voice heard in the election is important but at Harbor your voice is also important in our community.  Our health centers, Elder Service Program and other services exist for one reason, to meet the needs of our communities.  While we often do research, surveys and community needs assessments, we always appreciate any feedback that we can get from those in the community on what is needed and how we are doing at addressing those needs.

Below please find some helpful information to make your voice heard in the upcoming election.

Decisions made in the White House and our State House inevitably effects what goes on at home, in your house so make sure that you have say on November 6th.

Helpful reminders about voting

  • Election day is Tuesday November 6, 2012
  • Polls will be open from 7am until 8pm, please plan accordingly as there may be lines
  • As long as you are in line to vote at or before 8pm you will be able to vote
  • You may be asked for ID when you vote especially if you are a first time voter
    • Acceptable forms of ID in Massachusetts must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote, for example: a current and valid driver’s license, photo identification, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document showing your name and address
    • To find your polling location and get a sneak peak at your ballot visit www.wheredoivotema.com
    • If you can’t make it to the polls on Election Day, absentee ballot requests are available until noon on Monday November 5thYou can find the request form here.  Ballot requests can be mailed or taken in person to your city or town hall.  Completed absentee ballots must be returned via the mail or in person to your city or town hall before 8pm on Election Day.
    • Information about the three state wide ballot questions can be found below:
You decide… Why Vote Yes? Why Vote No?
Question 1: Should independent  mechanics have access to the same diagnostic and repair information that   manufacturer’s dealers have? Car repairs will be more convenient and less  expensive because no one will be forced to go to a dealership for repairs. Manufacturers already provide lots of repair information.  If they are forced to disclose proprietary information,   they will have to raise prices.
Question 2:Should physicians be   allowed to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally ill patient,   to end that patient’s life? The act gives patients dignity, control, and   peace of mind during their final days with their loved ones. Diagnoses can be wrong.  If this law is   passed, people will die who could have lived long, meaningful, enjoyable   lives.
Question 3:Should the state eliminate criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients? Marijuana can relieve pain and nausea. Allowing the medical use of marijuana will lessen the need for dangerous narcotics. Marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous   drugs. The law would let rogue physicians distribute marijuana to anyone.


Dan Driscoll

President and CEO

Harbor Health Services, Inc.


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