2020 Ballot Petitions for Runoff Voting, Money for Nursing Homes, More Advance

Mass. State House

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Four proposed 2020 initiative petitions received official clearance Monday to advance to the next stage in the process.

The proposals would authorize ranked choice or instant runoff voting in elections, update state funding for nursing homes, address access to digital information needed for vehicle repairs and address the sale of beer and wine by food stores.

Secretary of State William Galvin’s office announced that sponsors of all four proposals submitted more than the 80,239 certified voter signatures required under the state constitution. The measures will now be filed with the House, giving the legislature an opportunity to take action in an attempt to prevent the measures from going to the ballot.

If the legislature has not acted on the petitions by May 5, petitioners must collect an additional 13,374 signatures to place their questions on Nov. 3, 2020 ballot. The additional signatures must be filed with Galvin’s office by July 1, 2020.

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