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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 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 then obtain signatures from about 1/2 of 1% of voters who voted in the last governor election and submit to local clerks by June 23, 2010.
  • All four initiatives had 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.[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

See also: Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

The following measures will not be on the 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
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

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

See also

External links


  1. Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Elections: Initiative Petition for Law"