A dozen proposed ballot questions pass constitutional test

It is acceptable to use pencil to fill in a ballot

BOSTON (AP) – Questions on a range of topics from auto maintenance to the public funding of abortion have passed a first hurdle on their way to the ballot.

Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday determined that 12 of 16 initiative petitions submitted to her office last month have passed constitutional muster and can continue on the long road to the ballot box.

Two of the questions are proposed constitutional amendments which could not reach the ballot until 2022. The rest could appear on next year’s ballot.

The next, daunting step for backers of the questions is to gather the signatures of at least 80,239 registered voters by Dec. 4.

Another question that passed the constitutional test is a proposal to require gun owners to secure their weapons in a certified gun safe.

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