Event Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 3:00 pm
Debates on MA Ballot Questions
The four statewide ballot questions to be decided by Massachusetts voters this November will be explored in depth in a series of weekly debates sponsored by WBUR, the Boston Globe and UMass Boston.
Beginning Sept. 13, the debates will be conducted Tuesdays in the McCormack Theatre at UMass Boston and will also air during Radio Boston, where host Meghna Chakrabarti will be joined by a co-moderator from the Boston Globe. The debates will feature representatives on both sides of the ballot question, as designated by groups formally proposing or opposing each question.
Since 1990, the number of ballot questions in Massachusetts has varied from one to eight, with an average of four on each biennial ballot. All four of this year’s questions are initiative petitions that would enact new laws. The Massachusetts Constitution also provides for two other types of ballot questions: initiative petitions that would amend the state Constitution, and referendums that would repeal existing laws. Massachusetts is among 26 states and the District of Columbia that allow some form of initiative or referendum. Since 1990 in Massachusetts, 27 of 50 ballot questions, or just over half, have been approved by the voters.
Below is the debate line-up:
October 4 – Question 4: would legalize the recreational use of marijuana