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Summary

The proposed constitutional amendment would remove the present constitutional prohibition against the use of public funds to aid or maintain private primary or secondary schools.

It would permit the Commonwealth, cities and towns to make public funds available to pupils attending private primary and secondary schools in the form of either aid, materials or services subject, however, to three specific limitations. First, the private school could not be one that discriminates on the basis of race or color in its admission requirements. Second, the grant of aid must be consistent with the First Amendment to the United States Constitution which guarantees the free exercise of religion and prohibits the establishment of religion. Third, individual pupils would have to request the aid, materials or services. In addition to these three specific limitations, the amendment would authorize the legislature to enact other laws imposing conditions or restrictions on the grant of public aid, materials or services.

The proposal would also change the state Constitution to allow public money to be spent to aid infirmaries, hospitals, charitable or religious undertakings if they are either publicly owned or under the control of public officials. The state Constitution now prohibits such spending unless these institutions are both publicly owned and under the control of public officials.

1982 Nov 2 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 1 :: Constitutional AmendmentDo you approve of the adoption of an amendment to the constitution summarized below, which was approved by the General Court in joint sessions of the House of Representatives and the Senate on July 2, 1980 by a vote of 171-4, and on June 21, 1982 by a vote of 144-44?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
11,211
11,876
3,624
23,087
26,711
Precinct 1
 
371
289
149
660
809
Precinct 2
 
236
196
77
432
509
Precinct 3
 
231
248
72
479
551
Precinct 4
 
292
265
87
557
644
Precinct 5
 
241
186
60
427
487
Precinct 1
 
95
109
90
204
294
Precinct 2
 
250
286
85
536
621
Precinct 3
 
110
155
48
265
313
Precinct 4
 
277
281
74
558
632
Precinct 5
 
232
335
83
567
650
Precinct 6
 
232
178
96
410
506
Precinct 1
 
308
384
166
692
858
Precinct 2
 
253
320
116
573
689
Precinct 3
 
313
411
87
724
811
Precinct 4
 
303
304
78
607
685
Precinct 5
 
321
270
101
591
692
Precinct 1
 
321
353
95
674
769
Precinct 2
 
258
190
104
448
552
Precinct 3
 
339
413
110
752
862
Precinct 4
 
371
403
109
774
883
Precinct 5
 
294
330
133
624
757
Precinct 6
 
384
281
107
665
772
Precinct 1
 
308
259
96
567
663
Precinct 2
 
261
310
94
571
665
Precinct 3
 
246
400
85
646
731
Precinct 4
 
416
272
58
688
746
Precinct 5
 
293
226
79
519
598
Precinct 6
 
333
339
78
672
750
Precinct 1
 
340
362
94
702
796
Precinct 2
 
333
409
105
742
847
Precinct 3
 
259
407
62
666
728
Precinct 4
 
322
304
77
626
703
Precinct 5
 
224
351
67
575
642
Precinct 1
 
320
406
92
726
818
Precinct 2
 
298
338
90
636
726
Precinct 3
 
317
403
107
720
827
Precinct 4
 
535
502
202
1,037
1,239
Precinct 5
 
374
401
111
775
886
Totals
 
11,211
11,876
3,624
23,087
26,711