On Election Day, Poll Monitors Abound

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning as voters decide the toughly fought and close race for governor and several congressional races considered tight, including the contest in the 10th Congressional District, south of Boston and on the Cape.

Voters also consider three ballot questions: two would cut the state sales tax and the third would repeal the state's affordable housing law.

Turnout is expected to be heavier than usual.

Most candidates will visit polling locations across the state, making one final pitch to voters and several groups are expected to closely monitor the polls.

Representatives from the Republican and Democratic parties, as well as from the conservative Tea Party and unions, will have representatives across the state monitoring the polls. The Tea Party has been training poll observers for months and said it wants to prevent fraud.

Quincy Clerk Joseph Shea said it's the first time in 20 years the Republican State Committee will have poll monitors in that city.

"For the first time in a long time the Republicans have a serious candidate for Congress in this election and it means a lot," Shea said. "I think it comes from the top — I think it’s probably from the national Republican Party to the state committee, just to have observers to get out the vote.

The 10th congressional seat is open, with Democrat Bill Keating up against Republican Jeff Perry.

This program aired on November 2, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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