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Massachusetts Earlier Redistricting Amendment, Question 1 (2000)

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The Massachusetts Earlier Redistricting Amendment, also known as Question 1 was on the November 7, 2000 election ballot in Massachusetts as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. It was approved.

The proposal amended the Massachusetts Constitution to require that the periodic redrawing of district boundaries for State Legislators and Governor's Councillors use new census data for the election held two years after the federal census, rather than waiting the four years mandated by the previous law.

Election results

Question 1 (Earlier Redistricting Amendment)
Approveda Yes 1,776,278 64.97%

Official results via: The Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot was:

Do you approve of the adoption of an amendment to the constitution summarized below, which was approved by the General Court in joint sessions of the two houses on June 9, 1998 (yeas 186 – nays 3); and again on June 28, 2000 (yeas 188 – nays 0)?

A NO VOTE would make no change in the current four-year process for redrawing such district boundaries.

A YES VOTE would amend the constitution to require that the periodic redrawing of district boundaries for state legislators and governor’s councillors use new census data two years earlier than under the current system.[1][2]


The official ballot summary for Question 1 is available here.

Full text

The full text of the constitutional changes proposed by Question 1 is available here.

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The initiative was supported by Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati, Assistant Majority Whip and chairman of the House Committee on Redistricting. He argued that the proposed law would insure equal representation for every citizen of Massachusetts and would avoid needless delays in using the most recent census figures for determining districts for state legislators and executive councilors.


There was no organized opposition for the initiative.

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