Election 2012: State Ballot Question Results

Voters made decisions on car repairs, assisted suicide and medical marijuana in the statewide election.


Question 1: Right to Repair

Voters approved the “Right to Repair” ballot question, which would give consumers more choices when fixing a car in today's election.

According to numbers on boston.com, 85 percent of voters approved the question, with 51 percent of the state reporting at 10:15 p.m.

The initiative requires automakers to make computer software codes for repairs more accessible to independent repair shops and car owners by 2015. But in July, state legislators devised a compromise that would give carmakers until 2018 to comply with the new law, according to a Boston Globe report.

By approving Question 1, voters trumped that compromise and enacted the “Right to Repair” act as written on the ballot.

“Voters sent a clear message to automakers—it’s my car, I paid for it, I’ll get it fixed where I want, not where some big corporation tells me to,” said Art Kinsman of the Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee Tuesday night. “Right to Repair is about true ownership. When you buy a car from a manufacturer’s dealer, you ought to have the information necessary to fix that vehicle. Technology should never leave the rights of car owner behind.”


Question 2: Death with Dignity

Widely referred to as a question to support assisted suicide, the "Death with Dignity" ballot initiative would allow doctors to prescribe medication that a patient could take to end their own lives.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, the question is too close to call—51 percent in favor, 49 percent against—with 67 percent of the state reporting results.

The vote remained too close to call at 7:55 a.m. Wednesday, with 93 percent of the state reporting results—51 percent against, 49 percent in favor. There is approximately a 38,000-vote differential.

However, according to WHDH 7News, supporters of the "Death with Dignity" act conceded Wednesday morning. A spokesman for the campaign told 7News that "regrettably, we fell short."



Question 3: Medical Marijuana

You may be able to use marijuana legally, if your doctor determines that it will help with your medical condition.

Voters approved Question 3, which will allow doctors to prescribe marijuana as part of a treatment, Tuesday.

With 51 percent of the state reporting at 10:15 p.m., boston.com reported that 63 percent voted in favor of the medical marijuana question.

Massachusetts is the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana. According to the Boston Globe, under the new law, patients with HIV, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, or other conditions can obtain a card from the state allowing them to purchase the drug.

Diana November 17, 2012 at 01:12 PM
As an experiment, just called my high-school educated daughter. "Quick, who's Marie Curie?" "Discovered radium and radioactivity. Killed her of course, but she got a couple of Nobels out of it. Why?" She also knows who Sandra Fluke is, and how to spell czar. If your kids are ignorant, the problem isn't Salem State, it's that you failed to provide a foundation.
J.R. November 17, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I'm sorry Jim. From your post it seems as if you have a problem with your daughter in nursing school learning about Madame Curie? I hope I was misinterpreting. I don't know who her professors are, but I went to Salem State and I never heard a professor tell a class who to vote for in any election that took place while I was there. I had a double major in English and History. I would think that if any professor was going to talk about elections at all, it would be a History professor. They didn't when I was there. I'm also confused about your comment regarding your daughter and who is in control of her body. Shouldn't your daughter be in charge of her own body? Who else would you want to take on that role? Also, spelling seems to be a lost art on the Patch. It's 'czar' or sometimes 'tsar,' not 'Zar.' And I'm not sure how you arrive at the conclusion that Sandra Fluke is the "Condom Zar" [sic]. I respectfully ask you to take a moment and read her testimony objectively: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/mar/06/context-sandra-fluke-contraceptives-and-womens-hea/ I hope you're OK. I really do.
Martha Magee November 17, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Fight fight fight Argue argue argue Judge judge judge What a bore.
Diana November 17, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Whine whine whine. But hey, it's your free time. Do with it as you will.


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