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Massachusetts 2017 Statewide Ballot

Statewide and Local Sample Ballots In 2017

Sample ballots are specific to a given election district. They contain partisan and nonpartisan offices that may appear on a particular election's ballot. The Sample Ballot provides the order the contests and candidates will appear on the ballot. Most towns have only one sample ballot. However, there may be some municipalities with multiple ballots based on specific local races for an elected position.

Although sample ballots, in most states, are sent to voters in the mail, we would advise you contact your local election office for details on when you should expect to receive one in the mail.

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  • Statewide Ballot Questions
    November,8,2016
    Topic
    Ballot Title/Ballot Summary
    Gambling & Lotteries

    Question 1: An Act Relative to Expanded Gaming

    Allows the state Gaming Commission to issue one additional category 2 license, which would permit operation of a gaming establishment with no table games and not more than 1,250 slot machines.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes1,226,23939.3 %
    No1,896,12760.7 %
    Education: PreK-12

    Question 2: An Act to Allow Fair Access to Public Charter Schools

    Allows the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to approve up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools each year.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes1,221,02337.9 %
    No2,004,12262.1 %
    Agriculture | Animal Rights/Hunting & Fishing

    Question 3: An Act to Prevent Cruelty to Farm Animals

    Prevents animal cruelty by phasing out extreme methods of farm animal confinement, which also threaten the health and safety of Massachusetts consumers, increase the risk of foodborne illness, and have negative fiscal impacts on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes2,502,02177.7 %
    No717,95622.3 %
    Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy | Tax & Revenue

    Question 4: The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

    Controls the production and distribution of marijuana under a system that licenses, regulates and taxes the businesses involved in a manner similar to alcohol and to make marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age or older. Its intent is to remove the production and distribution of marijuana from the illicit market and to prevent the sale of marijuana to persons under 21 years of age by providing for a regulated and taxed distribution system.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes1,745,22153.6 %
    No1,512,87146.4 %
    Massachusetts Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(160)
    (125)(34)(1)
    State Senators(40)
    (34)(6)
    US Representatives(9)
    (9)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State
    Offices Up For Elections
    Executive Branch
    President Of The United States -
    Legislative Branch
    State House - All 160 seats in the chamber are up for election in 2016
    State Senate - All 40 seats in the chamber are up for election in 2016
    US House - Voters will elect 9 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 9 congressional districts.
    Candidates
    Massachusetts Laws for voting for a write in candidate
    Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
    Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

    Massachusetts is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file a form naming the presidential, vice presidential, and presidential elector candidates. This form must be filed with the secretary of the commonwealth no later than the 60th day prior to the election in order for the candidate's votes to be tallied.

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