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This proposed law would change the state election laws governing the establishment of political parties and the nomination of candidates.

The proposed law would allow voters to register under a political designation other than "Independent" and in addition to the two political parties previously recognized by law (Republican or Democrat), if at least fifty voters request to be permitted to do so. It would allow any group to qualify as a political party under

Massachusetts law if at least one percent of the total number of registered voters register to vote using that group's political designation, or if at least three percent of the votes cast at the preceding election for any statewide office were cast for a candidate running under that group's political designation.

The proposed law would set the minimum number of signatures needed on independent or minor party nomination papers for state office at one-half of one percent (1/2%) of the entire vote cast in the previous state election for governor (as compared to 2% as of 1989), and would also establish this number of signatures as the upper limit needed for major party candidates. The proposed law would also permit voters to sign the nomination papers of any number of candidates for the same office, would require that all blank forms to be used for nomination papers and initiative and referendum petitions be no more than 8 1/2" by 14" in size, and would allow signatures to be collected on exact copies of those forms.

1990 Nov 6 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 4 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or House of Representatives before May 2, 1990?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
14,326
10,175
2,672
24,501
27,173
Precinct 1
 
432
458
137
890
1,027
Precinct 2
 
568
543
120
1,111
1,231
Precinct 3
 
534
468
126
1,002
1,128
Precinct 1
 
557
352
114
909
1,023
Precinct 2
 
656
408
138
1,064
1,202
Precinct 3
 
728
408
116
1,136
1,252
Precinct 1
 
734
526
154
1,260
1,414
Precinct 2
 
667
469
115
1,136
1,251
Precinct 3
 
712
499
143
1,211
1,354
Precinct 1
 
417
393
93
810
903
Precinct 2
 
556
486
150
1,042
1,192
Precinct 3
 
650
435
117
1,085
1,202
Precinct 1
 
629
517
114
1,146
1,260
Precinct 2
 
650
537
137
1,187
1,324
Precinct 3
 
780
545
102
1,325
1,427
Precinct 1
 
976
525
131
1,501
1,632
Precinct 2
 
919
567
134
1,486
1,620
Precinct 3
 
841
428
113
1,269
1,382
Precinct 1
 
806
508
123
1,314
1,437
Precinct 2
 
722
502
134
1,224
1,358
Precinct 3
 
792
601
161
1,393
1,554
Totals
 
14,326
10,175
2,672
24,501
27,173