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Ballot Questions: What Do Your Votes Mean?

What does your "yes" or "no" vote mean to the three questions?

Voters will face three questions on their ballot Tuesday. One deals with the auto repair industry, another with assisted suicide and the third with medical marijuana. We highlighted them below with information on what your "yes" and "no" votes would mean.

Ballot Issues

Question 1—Right to Repair Initiative. "This proposed law would prohibit any motor vehicle manufacturer, starting with model year 2015, from selling or leasing, either directly or through a dealer, a new motor vehicle without allowing the owner to have access to the same diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturer’s dealers and in-state authorized repair facilities," the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website says.

According to the website, a "yes" vote on Question 1 would require manufacturers to share the diagnostic information with owners and independent repair facilities.

A "no" vote would leave the law as it is, allowing manufacturers to sell or lease the information to repair facilities at their discretion.

Question 2—Death with Dignity Initiative. "This proposed law would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient’s request, to end that patient’s life," the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website says.

According to the website a "yes" vote would allow for the prescription of life-ending medication.

A "no" vote would make no change to the current law and keep the practice illegal.

Question 3—Medical Marijuana Initiative. "This proposed law would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients. To qualify, a patient must have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition," the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website says.

According to the website a "yes" vote would allow for patients to smoke marijuana if it is prescribed by a doctor.

A "no" vote would make no change to the current law and keep the practice illegal.

Info November 03, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Readers: watch three minutes on 3 and decide for yourself: http://youtu.be/rWSHFZmm8Eg
Rob2013 November 03, 2012 at 09:47 PM
On Question 2: In this day of insurance companies denying coverage for expensive treatments and politicians cropping away at Medicare, we don't need the cheap alternative of $100 of death pills. Also, there is no requirement under Question 2 for the patient's spouse or any other family member to informed that person has asked a doctor for assisted suicide. Neither are they required to be told the person has received the death pills.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian ) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
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