2010 Massachusetts ballot measures

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. The Secretary of the Commonwealth has discretion over the order of questions on the ballot.

Binding statewide questions[edit]

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%

Sources: [1][2]

Local questions[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ballot Questions - Overview - Campaign 2010". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
  2. ^ "Statewide Ballot Questions — Statistics by Year: 2010". sec.state.ma.us. Retrieved March 11, 2018.

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