There are three statewide ballot questions for voters to decide on this year.
State House News Service is reporting that Question 1 on the statewide ballot did not pass. Voting numbers show that 70 percent of residents voted no, while 30 percent voted yes, with 68 percent reporting as of 11:55 p.m. Tuesday night.
“We’re all very disappointed by tonight’s results and the impact that this will have on our patients that we care for every day.” – Mass. Nurses Assoc. President Donna Kelly-Williams, conceding Question 1. #mapoli— State House News (@statehousenews) November 7, 2018
A yes on Question 1 would have limited the number of patients a nurse could care for at a time.
State voters supported Question 2, which will establish a commission that would work to prevent corporations from contributing large sums of money to politically-motivated causes.
Voting numbers show that 71 percent of voters selected “Yes” while 29 percent chose “No,” with 68 percent reporting.
A no vote would have kept the current federal law in place allowing corporations to donate unlimited amounts of money just to ballot questions.
Massachusetts voters have supported a state law that protects transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations, including bathrooms and locker rooms.
The yes vote on the ballot question Tuesday rejects an effort by opponents to repeal the 2-year-old law. It was the first statewide referendum in the U.S. on transgender rights.
Supporters of the law feared a vote to repeal would prompt a wave of similar efforts to roll back protections in other states. Massachusetts was the first to legalize gay marriage and is viewed as one of the most LGBT-friendly states.
Critics say the 2016 law allows sexual predators to invade private spaces for women by claiming female gender identity. No such incidents have been reported in Massachusetts since the measure took effect.