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Midterm elections: A voter’s guide to the ballot

  • The Pittsfield, Mass., City Hall is packed with voters on the last day of early voting in Massachusetts, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE VIA AP/Ben Garver



Monday, November 05, 2018

Massachusetts voters will head to the polls Nov. 6 for the midterm elections to pick a governor, state senators and representatives, members of Congress and more. Here’s a guide to many of the contested races in the Pioneer Valley that will be on the ballot.

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. Find your polling place.

U.S. Senate

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and state Rep. Geoff Diehl are battling it out for a key place in the U.S. Senate. 

Warren will ‘take a hard look’ at presidential run

Warren, Diehl debate tax cuts, marijuana

Warren, Diehl clash in final debate of campaign

Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district

U.S. Rep. James McGovern is facing his first re-election challenge in years from first-time candidate Republican Tracy Lovvorn.

Editorial: McGovern wants to help the less fortunate and to make America good again

McGovern keeping focus on jobs, social safety net

Lovvorn challenging incumbent in her first run for office

Massachusetts Governor

Democrat Jay Gonzalez is fighting an uphill battle against first-term Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. 

Editorial: Elect Jay Gonzalez for governor

Is this a blue state? GOP governor looks unbeatable in Massachusetts

Can a Democrat unseat the popular Governor Baker?

Baker says he’ll vote GOP ticket

Gonzalez presses campaign in final weeks

Massachusetts Attorney General

Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey is up against Republican challenger Jay McMahon.

Editorial: Elect Maura Healey for attorney general

Attorney general candidates spar in first debate

Healey serves up barbecue, politics in Northampton

Massachusetts House of Representatives 2nd Hampshire District

The seat long held by state Rep. John Scibak is being fought over by Democrat Daniel Carey, of Easthampton, and Republican Donald Peltier.

Carey, Peltier vie for 2nd Hampshire District seat

Amherst Town Council

Amherst is electing members of its first Town Council, which will seat 13 members.

Amherst’s Town Council race: A voter’s guide

Amherst Town Council race getting expensive

Question 1

Question 1, which would set minimum nurse to patient ratios for hospitals in Massachusetts, goes to the voters.

Editorial: Nurses need more support, but Question 1 is not the solution

Question 1: Battle of information over nurse staffing 

Nurse staffing issue hotly debated at Indivisible Northampton event

The ripple effects of Question 1: Perspectives from across health care

Advertising spending spree lifts “No on 1” campaign as polling shows grassroots support for ballot initiative fading

The California experience: Fourteen years later, nurse ratios still up for debate

Question 2

Question 2 would create a state commission to investigate and then seek a repeal of the 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC, which allowed unlimited expenditures on political campaigns.

Question 2: A test for Citizens United

Question 3

Question 3, which would preserve Massachusetts’ anti-discrimination protections for trans people in public accommodations, goes to the voters.

Editorial: Support our transgender neighbors and vote “yes” on Question 3

Valley activists urge ‘yes’ vote on Question 3

Northampton City Council urges ‘yes’ vote on Question 3

Easthampton City Council passes resolution in favor of upholding anti-discrimination law

Activists rally for transgender rights, voice support for Question 3

Question 4

Question 4, a non-binding public policy question asking legislators to support single-payer health care, goes to the voters in six Massachusetts House of Representatives Districts.

Single-payer question on ballot locally

Question 5

Question 5, a non-binding public policy question asking legislators to support instant runoff voting, goes to the voters in two Massachusetts House of Representatives Districts.

Question 5: Voters in two legislative districts to address ranked-choice voting