22News breaks down ballot questions for 2018 state elections

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Ballot questions one and three have taken center stage in the 2018 election cycle, but there are some things you should know about ballot Question 2.     

You’ve seen the campaign ads telling you which way to vote on ballot questions but they can be confusing.

A “yes” vote on Question 1 in November would set an assigned number of patients a nurse can care for at any given time.

A “no” vote would keep the current system of nurse staffing in place. 

Question 2 is part of a nationwide effort to roll back a supreme court ruling regarding campaign contributions.

A “yes” vote on question two would establish a commission that would work to prevent corporations from contributing large sums of money to politically motivated causes. 

A “no” vote would keep the current federal law in place allowing corporations to donate unlimited amounts of money just to ballot questions. 

In Massachusetts, corporations cannot donate to political candidates themselves, they have to form Political Action Committees to do that.

Question 3 also looks to change an existing law. A “yes” vote on question three would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity in public places. 

A “no” vote would repeal the current law, requiring people to use public restrooms and locker rooms based on their assigned gender. 

Public interest polls have shown that question three could be the most competitive measure on the ballot. 

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