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Massachusetts ballot measures, 2010

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Massachusetts ballot measures, 2010

Three citizen-initiated measures appeared on the November 2, 2010 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 were on the November 2010 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 F. 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."

Binding statewide questions

Number Initiative Title Subject Description Status Yes No
Question 1 Massachusetts No Sales Tax for Alcohol Initiative Taxes Sales tax eliminated for alcohol sales in the state Passed 52% 48%
Question 2 Massachusetts Comprehensive Permits and Regional Planning Initiative Housing initiatives Repeal a housing law Failed 42% 58%
Question 3 Massachusetts Sales Tax Relief Act Taxes Roll 6.25% sales tax back to 3% Failed 43% 57%


Local questions

A number of local non-binding questions were also on the ballot, but not statewide.[1]

External links

  • 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.


  1. ^ a b "Ballot Questions - Overview - Campaign 2010". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
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