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Massachusetts ballot measures, 2008


Massachusetts ballot measures, 2008

Three citizen-initiated measures appeared on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Constitution can be amended through initiative and state statutes can be proposed through initiative. All three statewide ballot measures that are on the November 2008 ballot by collecting signatures are proposed statutes (not constitutional amendments).

In Massachusetts, after the state determines which initiatives have succeeded in collecting enough signatures to be placed on the ballot, official numbers/names are assigned to each of the successful initiatives. Secretary of State William Galvin has discretion over the order of questions on the ballot. His office announced that they had determined the ballot ordering "based on the perceived relative importance of the proposed laws."

What was on the November ballot

Number Initiative Title Subject Description Status
Question 1 Massachusetts State Income Tax Repeal Taxes Would repeal state income tax Failed[1]
Question 2 Massachusetts Sensible Marijuana Policy Marijuana policy Decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana Passed
Question 3 Massachusetts Greyhound Protection Act Animal rights Aims to prohibit (professional) dog racing Passed

External links

Note:: This article was taken from Ballotpedia's article about the Massachusetts 2008 ballot measures

  • Massachusetts Elections Division
  • I&R Institute, Historical Listing of Massachusetts's initiatives
  • List of current petitions filed in Massachusetts from the Attorney General's office.
  • , July 11, 2008Income tax repeal gets 1st ballot slot
  • Galvin makes income tax repeal Question 1 on ballot
  • Initiative to repeal state income tax gets first slot on November ballot


  1. ^ Four ballot petitions clear first hurdle
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