Haverhill voters said yes to expanded slot machine gambling, no to lifting the cap on new charter schools, yes to improved conditions for farm animals and yes to the recreational use of marijuana, in line with voters across the state on three of the four questions.
Haverhill and voters across the state voted to limit the growth of charter schools. Haverhill voted 16,873 to 11,814 against expanding the numbers of charter schools. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten hailed the vote.
“Tonight, voters in Massachusetts sent a clear message to Gov. Charlie Baker and other backers of Question 2: Don’t use charters as a weapon against public schools—especially when Massachusetts public schools rank among the best in the nation,” he said. “Grass-roots efforts by parents, educators, community groups and students succeeded in safeguarding the promise of public education as a public good, rejecting ideologues and others who sought to divert and drain resources from public education.”
Bucking the state, Haverhill voters supported a proposed law allowing the state Gaming Commission to expand slot machine gaming by a vote of 14,908 to 12,912. Statewide, voters rejected the measure.
Residents agreed with their counterparts across the Commonwealth in supporting better conditions for farm animals, voting 22,683 in favor to 5,894.
On the ballot question regarding legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana, Haverhill endorsed the measure 15,900 to 12,892. Statewide, roughly 53 percent of voters approved the measure.