Voters Should Pay Attention to the Four Ballot Questions

October 6, 2016
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On November 8, Massachusetts voters will go to the polls to elect a new President of the United States as well as  other state and county positions on the ballot.

However, voters need to pay attention to the four ballot questions that will have an effect on the Commonwealth in general.

Voters should consider checking off their opinion on all four questions.

This article is not in endorsement of a Yes or No but an encouragement for voters to make a decision on the questions that are as follows:

Question 1

The Expanded Gaming Initiative would allow the Gaming Commission to issue an additional slots license.

Question 2

The Increase Access to Public Charter Schools Initiative would authorize the approval of up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education per year.

Question 3

The Farm Animal Containment Initiative would prohibit certain methods of farm animal containment.

Question 4

The Marijuana Legalization Initiative would legalize recreational marijuana for individuals at least 21 years old.

We encourage our readers to visit ma.gov for the 2016 Ballot questions along with the pros and cons of each. As the election nears, the state typically publishes overviews of each question, with an explanation of exactly what “Yes” and “No” responses mean for each question.  Many people bring a prepared checklist of their answers into the voting booth because some questions are confusing as worded.

The outcome of each of these questions will truly affect the lives of residents in our community.

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