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This proposed law would prevent the name of a person from being printed on a state primary or general election ballot as a candidate for one of a number of specified state and federal public offices, if the person had already served a certain number of consecutive terms in that office within a fixed period preceding the end of the then-current term of office. If such a person were still elected by write-in vote to one of the state offices (except the office of Governor), the person would serve without a salary, and in some of the state offices, without payment for certain expenses.

Under the proposed law, the name of a person could not be printed on a primary or general election ballot as a candidate for the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, or State Attorney General, if the person had served two consecutive terms (eight years) in that office in the eleven years prior to the end of the then-current term of office. The name of a person could not be printed on a primary or general election ballot as a candidate for the office of Governor's Councillor, State Representative, State Senator, or United States Representative from Massachusetts, if the person had served four consecutive terms (eight years) in that office in the nine years prior to the end of the then-current term of office. The name of a person could not be printed on a primary or general election ballot as a candidate for the office of United States Senator from Massachusetts, if the person had served two consecutive terms (twelve years) in that office in the seventeen years prior to the end of the then-current term of office. The proposed law would not prevent any voter from casting a write-in vote for any person as a candidate for any office.

If a person made ineligible by the proposed law to have his or her name printed on the ballot as a candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, State Attorney General, Governor's Councillor, State Representative or State Senator were still elected to that office by write-in vote, the person would serve without a salary. If such a person were elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor, Governor's Councillor, State Representative or State Senator, the person would also serve without payment for certain expenses.

The current terms of the persons serving as Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Governor's Councillor, State Representative, State Senator, United States Representative from Massachusetts, and United States Senator from Massachusetts, would not be counted for purposes of the proposed law. The terms of the persons elected in 1990 to the office of Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, or State Attorney General would be counted.

Any person who served for more than half of a term in an office would be treated as having served a full term in that office. Any person who resigned from an office would be treated as having served a full term.

The proposed law states that if any of its provisions were found invalid, the other provisions would remain in effect.

1994 Nov 8 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 4 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives before May 4, 1994?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
8,959
11,616
1,714
20,575
22,289
Precinct 1
 
327
327
84
654
738
Precinct 2
 
377
427
102
804
906
Precinct 3
 
364
318
75
682
757
Precinct 1
 
318
401
89
719
808
Precinct 2
 
354
575
89
929
1,018
Precinct 3
 
360
604
89
964
1,053
Precinct 1
 
420
614
109
1,034
1,143
Precinct 2
 
401
530
67
931
998
Precinct 3
 
468
644
109
1,112
1,221
Precinct 1
 
425
410
80
835
915
Precinct 2
 
414
459
86
873
959
Precinct 3
 
434
485
61
919
980
Precinct 1
 
481
492
52
973
1,025
Precinct 2
 
473
581
67
1,054
1,121
Precinct 3
 
449
626
82
1,075
1,157
Precinct 1
 
509
837
75
1,346
1,421
Precinct 2
 
483
736
92
1,219
1,311
Precinct 3
 
384
667
57
1,051
1,108
Precinct 1
 
487
701
75
1,188
1,263
Precinct 2
 
502
542
84
1,044
1,128
Precinct 3
 
529
640
90
1,169
1,259
Totals
 
8,959
11,616
1,714
20,575
22,289