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The proposed law provides that the official ballot in the biennial State election for the year 1970 shall contain a question asking the voters whether there shall be a convention in 1971 to (1) revise, alter or amend the constitution of the Commonwealth on the following subject, insofar as they relate to the structure of government, and no others: the Executive Branch; the General Court; the Executive Council; the government of cities; towns and counties and their relationship to each other and to the government of the Commonwealth; (2) simplify and rearrange the constitution, and (3) provide methods of amendment thereof. The question will state that the convention shall not consider or propose any measure which relates to the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights, the provisions of the Massachusetts constitution concerning the "Judiciary Power" (other than provisions respecting the Executive Council), or any of the excluded matters enumerated in Article XLVIII, 11, Section 2 of the Massachusetts constitution.
The question will fix the number of delegates to the convention at 150, of whom 20 members shall be members of the General Court; the remaining 130 members shall be elected by the votes in the manner summarized below. The Question will also state that the convention shall conclude its business but later than 120 days from its first session.

The proposed law provides that if a majority of the votes on the foregoing question is in the affirmative, the convention shall be held in July, 1971 to revise, alter or amend the constitution on the matters enumerated above only. The House of Representatives and the Senate shall each elect as delegates 10 of its members, not more than 6 from each branch coming from the same, not more than 6 from each branch coming from the same political party. Of the remaining 130 delegates, 10 shall be elected at large and 120 shall be elected from the 40 senatorial districts. 3 from each. Provision is made for the manner of nominating and electing these 140 delegates, without party or political designation, for filling vacancies occurring in the position of any delegate, form whatever source chosen, and for the conduct of the convention's business.

Any revisions, alterations and amendments of the Massachusetts constitution adopted by the convention shall be submitted to the people at the State election in 1972 for their ratification and adoption in such manner as the convention may direct. If a majority of the people voting thereon ratify and adopt such revision, alteration or amendment, the constitution shall be deemed to be changed accordingly.

The proposed law also provides that if the vote on the question to be submitted at the biennial State election in 1970 is in the affirmative, the Governor shall appoint a proprietary commission of 5 members to compile data to aid the convention in the discharge of its duties. Each member of the commission shall receive compensation of $10,000 and the commission may expend a sum not in excess of $200,000, as the Governor may approve, for its expenses.

1968 Nov 5 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 4 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, upon which the House of Representatives did not vote and upon which the Senate did not vote?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
12,710
9,551
13,210
22,261
35,471
Precinct 1
 
286
208
293
494
787
Precinct 2
 
265
203
311
468
779
Precinct 3
 
237
223
274
460
734
Precinct 4
 
330
243
322
573
895
Precinct 5
 
221
179
286
400
686
Precinct 1
 
105
78
210
183
393
Precinct 2
 
280
217
318
497
815
Precinct 3
 
201
125
215
326
541
Precinct 4
 
316
220
377
536
913
Precinct 5
 
330
242
324
572
896
Precinct 6
 
249
178
259
427
686
Precinct 1
 
321
269
477
590
1,067
Precinct 2
 
279
259
282
538
820
Precinct 3
 
392
251
367
643
1,010
Precinct 4
 
355
274
338
629
967
Precinct 5
 
349
214
278
563
841
Precinct 1
 
383
273
409
656
1,065
Precinct 2
 
233
168
366
401
767
Precinct 3
 
390
287
380
677
1,057
Precinct 4
 
433
321
424
754
1,178
Precinct 5
 
376
320
501
696
1,197
Precinct 6
 
431
315
461
746
1,207
Precinct 1
 
292
297
311
589
900
Precinct 2
 
315
234
341
549
890
Precinct 3
 
342
273
317
615
932
Precinct 4
 
378
293
331
671
1,002
Precinct 5
 
278
264
316
542
858
Precinct 6
 
336
266
387
602
989
Precinct 1
 
389
315
354
704
1,058
Precinct 2
 
425
273
386
698
1,084
Precinct 3
 
320
236
334
556
890
Precinct 4
 
372
238
334
610
944
Precinct 5
 
319
249
318
568
886
Precinct 1
 
397
319
367
716
1,083
Precinct 2
 
410
270
370
680
1,050
Precinct 3
 
482
288
362
770
1,132
Precinct 4
 
441
316
490
757
1,247
Precinct 5
 
452
353
420
805
1,225
Totals
 
12,710
9,551
13,210
22,261
35,471