|Elections in Massachusetts|
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. The Secretary of the Commonwealth has discretion over the order of questions on the ballot. The office of Secretary William F. Galvin said that the income tax question was placed first "based on the perceived relative importance of the proposed laws."
What was on the November ballot
|Question 1||Massachusetts State Income Tax Repeal||Taxes||Would repeal state income tax||Failed|
|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|
- "Income tax repeal gets 1st ballot slot". The Berkshire Eagle. AP. July 11, 2008. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
- Four ballot petitions clear first hurdle
- "Statewide Ballot Questions — Statistics by Year: 2008". sec.state.ma.us. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
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.
- Income tax repeal gets 1st ballot slot, July 11, 2008
- Galvin makes income tax repeal Question 1 on ballot
- Initiative to repeal state income tax gets first slot on November ballot[permanent dead link]