Massachusetts 2010 ballot measures

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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 must now be reviewed by Legislature.
  • If the Massachusetts Legislature does not approve of the initiative by the May 4, 2010 deadline, petition organizers must obtain signatures from about 1/2 of 1% of voters who voted in the last governor election and submit them before or on July 7, 2010.[1]


November 2:

Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Question 1 Taxes Sales tax eliminated for alcohol sales in the state Approveda
IndISS Question 2 Housing Repeal a housing law Defeatedd
IndISS Question 3 Taxes Roll 6.25% sales tax back to 3% Defeatedd

Failed to make ballot

Type Title Subject Description
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

Local ballot measures

January 19March 6April 6April 13April 17April 24

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