State Election


The Secretary of State recently announced the list of ballot questions for the November 6, 2018 State Election.  They are summarized below, but you can read the full details at: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele18/ballot_questions_18/ballot_questions18.htm. A list of important dates and deadlines is also included below.

Question 1: Patient-to-Nurse Limits

Question 1 would place a limit on the number of patients a single nurse can be assigned at a time and impose a $25,000 fine on hospitals that violate those ratios.

  • A YES VOTE would limit the number of patients that could be assigned to one registered nurse in hospitals and certain other health care facilities.
  • A NO VOTE would make no change in current laws relative to patient-to-nurse limits.

Question 2: Commission on Limiting Election Spending and Corporate Rights

Question 2 would create a citizen commission to push a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision on campaign finance.

  • A YES VOTE would create a citizens commission to advance an amendment to the United States Constitution to limit the influence of money in elections and establish that corporations do not have the same rights as human beings.
  • A NO VOTE would not create this commission.

Question 3: Transgender Anti-Discrimination

Question 3 proposes to repeal the 2016 state law that banned discrimination against transgender people in places of public accommodation, such as restaurants, malls, and restrooms. Polls have shown that it could be the most competitive measure on the ballot.

  • A YES VOTE would keep in place the current law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation.
  • A NO VOTE would repeal this provision of the public accommodation law.

Important Dates for the 2018 Massachusetts State Election:

  • Wed. 8/15/18 – Last Day to Register to Vote for the State Primary. Register online, by mail or in person.
  • Tues. 9/4/18 – State Primary Election – In all state elections and primaries, polling places must be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., though towns are allowed to open as early as 5:45 a.m.
  • Wed. 10/17/18 – Last Day to Register to Vote for the State Election. Register online, by mail or in person.
  • Tues. 11/6/18 – State Election – In all state elections and primaries, polling places must be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., though towns are allowed to open as early as 5:45 a.m.