Voting guide in preparation for Tuesday’s election

Our democratic system is not perfect and disenfranchises many (i.e, youth, felons, undocumented people). However, if you are able to vote, we encourage you to do so.

When you go to vote, if you can, you should be asked to show a state ID, utility bill, bank statement, or any other form of identification. According to state law, you are required to show identification only if you are a first-time voter in a Federal election and you have not sent a copy of identification with your voter registration form. See more here.

You can find your polling location and other information, here.

Last spring, Boston Mobilization successfully worked with the YMORE Coalition and the statewideRaise Up Massachusetts to raise minimum wage and to put earned sick time on the ballot. We would encourage you to vote Yes on Question 4 this Tuesday.

We also created a guide to voters’ rights and the questions that will be on  Tuesday’s ballot.

Question 1: Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing

This proposed law would eliminate the requirement that the state’s gasoline tax, which was 24 cents per gallon as of September 2013, (1) be adjusted every year by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index over the preceding year, but (2) not be adjusted below 21.5 cents per gallon.

A YES VOTE would eliminate the requirement that the state’s gas tax be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index.

A NO VOTE would make no change in the laws regarding the gas tax.

Question 2: Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law

This proposed law would expand the state’s beverage container deposit law, also known as the Bottle Bill, to require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic, non-carbonated drinks in liquid form, except beverages primarily derived from dairy products, infant formula, and FDA approved medicines.

A YES VOTE would expand the state’s beverage container deposit law to require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic, non-carbonated drinks with certain exceptions, increase the associated handling fees, and make other changes to the law.

A NO VOTE would make no change in the laws regarding beverage container deposits.

Question 3: Expanding Prohibitions on Gaming

The proposed law would change the definition of “illegal gaming” under Massachusetts law to include wagering on the simulcasting of live greyhound races, as well as table games, and slot machines at Commission-licensed casinos and gaming establishments. This would make those types of gaming subject to existing state laws providing criminal penalties for regulating and prohibiting activities involving illegal gaming.

A YES VOTE would prohibit casinos, any gaming establishment with slot machines, and wagering on simulcast greyhound races.

A NO VOTE would make no change in the current laws regarding gaming.

Question 4: Earned Sick Time for Employees

This proposed law would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions. Employees who work for employers having eleven or more employees could earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year, while employees working for smaller employers could earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time per calendar year.

A YES VOTE would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions.

A NO VOTE would make no change in the laws regarding earned sick time.

More information about the general election, including ballot questions, voting locations, and other information pertaining to the election can be found here.

Here is a quick guide to the candidates:

  Democrat Republican Independent Green-Rainbow
Governor Martha Coakley Charlie Baker Evan FalchukJeffrey McCormickScott Lively
Attorney General Maura Healey John Miller    
Secretary of State William Galvin (Incumbent) David D’Arcangelo   Daniel Factor
Treasurer Deborah Goldberg Michael Heffernan Ian Jackson
Auditor Suzanne Bump (Incumbent) Patricia Saint   M.K. Merelice
 
Download the full voters’ guide here. 

 

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