Massachusetts 2010 ballot measures
Three statewide questions were on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Massachusetts.
- The deadline to submit ballot language for the November 2010 ballot in Massachusetts was August 5, 2009.
- Thirty proposed initiatives were filed by that deadline. As of April 2010, thirty ballot initiatives had so far been filed with the Massachusetts Secretary of State.
- Supporters must have collected a minimum of 66,593 valid signatures from registered voters by December 2, 2009; except for veto referenda, where they must have collected 33,297 signatures. The approved measures were then reviewed by the Legislature.
- If the Massachusetts Legislature did not approve of the initiative by the May 4, 2010 deadline, petition organizers must have then obtained signatures from about 1/2 of 1% of voters who voted in the last governor election and must have submitted them to local clerks by June 23, 2010.
- All four initiatives filed signatures by the June 23, 2010 deadline. Clerks had until the July 2, 2010 deadline to validate those signatures. Validated signatures were then turned in by all four initiative sponsors by July 7, 2010 to the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office.
- One of those four initiatives who submitted signatures pulled their measure off of the ballot on July 7, 2010.
On the ballot
|IndISS||Question 1||Taxes||Sales tax eliminated for alcohol sales in the state||
|IndISS||Question 2||Housing||Repeal a housing law||
|IndISS||Question 3||Taxes||Roll 6.25% sales tax back to 3%||
Failed to make ballot
The following measures were not on the ballot:
|Right of Self-Government Initiative||Admin of gov't||Allow people to vote to delegate their powers to legislative body|
|Whale Safe Commercial Fishing||Animals||Ban drift nets or other gear that can harm endangered whales, sea turtles.|
|Biodiversity Initiative||Environment||No commercial harvesting on forested land owned by the state|
|Secret Ballot Amendment||Admin of gov't||Implement procedures for the House of Representatives and Senate|
|Instant Run-Off Voting Initiative||Elections||Voters to rank preferences among candidates|
|Health Insurance Amendment||Health care||State government pays for health insurance for all residents|
|Expand Charter School Options||Education||Remove limits on number of charter schools, their funding, and enrollment.|
|Limit Carbon Dioxide Emissions||Environment||Biomass renewable energy sources to emit at most 250 pounds of CO2|
Local ballot measures
- 2010 ballot measures
- Massachusetts signature requirements
- Laws governing the initiative process in Massachusetts
- History of Initiative & Referendum in Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Elections: Initiative Petition for Law"
- Sponsors withdrew petition due to actions by the state to advance initiative's cause.
State of Massachusetts
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | State Auditor | Commissioner of Education | Commissioner of Insurance | Commissioner of Agriculture | Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs | Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development | Chair of Public Utilities |