2012 election facts and tidbits

Thursday November 8, 2012

n Berkshire County was all about re-electing President Barack Obama. With roughly a 73 percent turnout of registered voters up and down the county, 48,355 of them voted for Obama, while 14,106 went for Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. It was a better than 3-to-1 trouncing.

n The county also went for Elizabeth Warren, 44,823, over U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, 18,475, on Tuesday. Locally, Brown didn’t fare well in the 2010 special election for the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s seat, either: Brown lost 31 of 32 Berkshire County towns to Martha Coakley. But on Tuesday, the town of Otis, which was county’s lone Brown holdout in 2010, changed its mind: The town went 437 for Warren to 381 for Brown.

n While the proponents of the so-called "Death with Dignity" proposal conceded defeat on Wednesday, the bill that would have essentially allowed physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts did enjoy majority support in Berkshire County. The Question 2 passed 35,883 to 25,231 in the county.

n Berkshire County voted with the rest of the state in passing the medical marijuana referendum. Here, the bill passed by about a 2-to-1 margin, 40,367 votes to 20,163.

n It’s the smallest town, but it had the biggest vote: Mount Washington, with 125 registered voters, had an 86 percent turnout on Tuesday. That’s the highest percentage of any town in the county. The lowest? North Adams, with 64 percent.

n The non-binding ballot question urging state lawmakers to support a constitutional effort to overturn the so-called "Citizens United" decision -- the one that established corporations like people in the First Amendment -- was broadly embraced in the Berkshires: 37,030 to 9,260.


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