Statewide Ballot Questions —
Statistics by Year: 1919 – 2012

In 1918, the voters of the Commonwealth approved an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, stating that “Legislative power shall continue to be vested in the general court; but the people reserve to themselves the popular initiative, which is the power of a specified number of voters to submit constitutional amendments and laws to the people for approval or rejection; and the popular referendum, which is the power of a specified number of voters to submit laws, enacted by the general court, to the people for their ratification or rejection.”

Key
♦ - The ballot question was adopted. For referendum petitions, the NO vote prevailed, meaning the law was disapproved. This classification does not include advisory questions or United States Constitutional Amendments which are non-binding questions.

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