October 31, 2012REGION — When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, they will have a full ballot in front of them, including three constitutional amendments.
Question one asks:
"Are you in favor of amending the second of the constitution by inserting after article 5-b a new article to read as follows: Notwithstanding any general or special provision of this constitution, the general court shall not have the power or authority to impose and levy any assessment, rate or tax upon income earned by any natural person; however, nothing in this article shall be construed to prohibit any tax in effect January 1, 2012 or adjustment to the rate of such a tax."
Question two asks: "Are you in favor of amending article 73-a of the second part of the constitution to read as follows: The chief justice of the Supreme Court shall be the administrative head of all the courts. The chief justice shall, with the concurrence of a majority of the supreme court justices, makes rules governing the administration of all courts in the state and the practice and procedure to be followed in all such courts. The rules so promulgated shall have the force and effect of law. The legislature shall have a concurrent power to regulate the same matters by statute. In the event of a conflict between a statute and a court rule, the statute, if not otherwise contrary to this constitution, shall prevail over the rule."
Question three reads: "Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the constitution?"
The candidates for President include the incumbent Barack Obama with Joe Biden as his running mate and Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan, but there are several other candidates listed on the ballot.
Gary Johnson and James Gray are listed as Libertarian candidates and Virgil Goode and James Clymer are listed as Constitution candidates.
In the race for Governor, Democrat Maggie Hassan, Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Libertarian John Barbiarz are running for a two-year turn.
In the battle for a two-year seat in Congress, incumbent Republican Frank Guinta, Republican is facing off with Democrat Carol-Shea Porter and Libertarian Brendan Kelly.
Republican Sam Cataldo and Democrat Richard Leonard are running against each other for the position of State Senator.
Barnstead and Alton
In these two towns, the ballots are identical in most respects.
Democrat Roberta Smith is running against Republican Jane Cormier for State Representative (District 8).
There are many unopposed races including: Craig Wiggin (sheriff), Melissa Countway Guldbrandsen (county attorney), Stephen Nedeau (county commissioner) and Michael Muzzey (county treasurer).
Additionally, Republican Barbara Luther and Democrat Kerstin Aghren are running against each other for Register of Deeds and Republican Karen Brickner and Democrat Esther Shartar-Howe are running for Register of Probate.
Republican Michael Tierney and Democrat Colin Van Ostern are running against each other for Executive Councilor.
Republican Guy Comtois and Democrat Bruce Marriott are running against each other for Belknap County State Representative District 7.
Democrats Jean Henry and Deborah Chase are running against Republicans Stephen Holmes and Richard Burchell for two open spots for Belknap County State Representative District 5.
Alton and New Durham
Democrat Beth Funicella and Libertarian Howard Wilson are challenging longtime Republican Executive Councilor Raymond Burton.
Democrats Bob Perry and Joe Cicerelli and Republicans Kurt Wuelper and David Bickford are running for two spots as State Representatives.
Democrat David Dubois is running against Republican Joseph DiGregorio for sheriff and Democrat Dennis Vachon, Republican Lynn Williams and Libertarian Kevin McEneaney, are running for Register of Deeds.
There are several unopposed races including: Thomas Velardi (country attorney), Pamela Arnold (county treasurer) and Patty Cole (register of probates).
Democrats Leo Lessard, George Maglaras and Robert Watson are running against Republicans Catherine Cheney, Mac Kittdredge and Diane Wood for the three open seats as County Commissioners.
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