Cumulative Public Policy Question Results

One way of using this Page: 1) write a letter advocating a more rational drug policy. 2) look up the names of your “leaders” using the Secretary of State’s “Election Information” tool. 3) Note the name of your District. 4) Then check this page and see if the voters of your District have endorsed the policy you are advocating. 5) If so, point this out. Emphatically. (Note, however, that there was a redestricting after the 2000 election. Some cities and towns might no longer be in the District that voted on a given PPQ. However it is unlikely that the entire political character of the District will have changed. And remember — you are writing as a constituent and have slack coming for that reason alone.)

Representative Districts
District Yes No Y/N%* # YR Current Incumbent
2009-2010
Fourth Barnstable 14,315 8,804 62% (5) 2000 Sarah K. Peake (D)
Third Berkshire 10,909 4,173 72% (1) 2004 Christopher Speranzo (D)
First Essex 9,223 5,811 61% (2) 2002 Michael A. Costello (D)
Second Essex 9,658 6,762 60% (2) 2002 Harriett L. Stanley (D)
Fourth Essex 11,481 7,023 62% (2) 2000 Bradford Hill (R)
Eighteenth Essex 8,397 5,681 60% (2) 2002 Barbara A. L’Italien (D)
Second Franklin 5,965 5,471 52% (7) 2002 Christopher J. Donelan (D)
First Hampshire 11,494 8,393 58% (4) 2004 Peter V. Kocot (D)
First Middlesex 15,677 5,423 74% (1) 2008 Robert S. Hargraves (R)
Sixth Middlesex 9,883 4,781 67% (3) 2000 Pam Richardson (D)
Twenty-First Middlesex 14,154 5,915 71% (1) 2008 Charles A. Murphy (D),
Twenty-Fourth Middlesex 14,551 4,705 76% (1) 2004 William N. Brownsberger (D)
First Norfolk 7,425 5,173 59% (6) 2002 Bruce J. Ayers (D)
Second Norfolk 6,817 4,559 60% (6) 2002 A. Stephen Tobin (D)
Sixth Norfolk 10,791 4,506 71% (1) 2004 William C. Galvin (D)
Seventh Norfolk 8,386 4,820 64% (1) 2006 Walter F. Timilty (D)
Tenth Norfolk 11,568 7,625 60% (2) 2004 James E. Vallee (D)
Twelfth Norfolk 8,538 5,388 61% (6) 2002 John H. Rogers (D)
Thirteenth Norfolk 16,372 6,125 73% (1) 2008 Lida E. Harkins (D)
First Plymouth 9,320 5,863 61% (3) 2006 Viriato M. deMacedo(D)
Third Plymouth 15,215 6,956 69% (3) 2004 Garrett J. Bradley (D)
Fifth Plymouth 9,467 6,339 60% (3) 2002 Robert J. Nyman (D)
Sixth Plymouth 15,267 6,155 71% (1) 2008 Daniel K. Webster (R)
Seventh Plymouth 13,784 5,902 70% (1) 2004  Allen J. McCarthy (D)
Twelfth Plymouth 8,862 5,919 60% (3) 2006 Thomas J. Calter (D)
Second Suffolk 4,227 2,914 59% (3) 2002 Eugene L. O’Flaherty (D)
Fourth Suffolk 4,923 3,907 56% (3) 2002 Brian P. Wallace (D)
Tenth Suffolk 7,734 5,164 59% (3) 2002 Michael F. Rush (D)
Eleventh Suffolk 5,616 2,436 70% (3) 2002 Elizabeth A. Malia (D)
Thirteenth Suffolk 3,672 2,627 57% (3) 2002 Martin J. Walsh (D)
Fourteenth Suffolk 3,944 3,596 52% (3) 2002 Angelo M. Scaccia (D)
Fifteenth Suffolk 6,429 2,423 74% (3) 2002 Jeffrey Sanchez (D)
Seventeenth Suffolk 3,846 1,749 69% (3) 2002 Kevin G. Honan (D)
Eighteenth Suffolk 4,202 2,109 67% (3) 2002 Michael Moran (D)
Second Worcester 6,647 4,783 59% (3) 2002 Robert L. Rice, Jr. (D)
Fifth Worcester 7,409 5,230 59% (3) 2002 Anne M. Gobi (D)
Sixth Worcester 10,005 5,829 63% (3) 2004 Geraldo Alicea (D)
Twelfth Worcester 12,618 6,008 68% (3) 2004 Harold P. Naughton, Jr. (D)
Fourteenth Worcester** 6,717 4,197 61% (5) 2002  James J. O”Day (D)
Fourteenth Worcester** 6,298 4,420 59% (3) 2002  James J. O”Day (D)
*Calculated as a proportion of all persons actually voting on the questions, i.e., not counting blanks.
**In 2002 The Fourteenth Worcester voted on two questions.

 

 

Senate Districts
Second Essex 45,956 26,612 63% (2) 2004 Frederick E. Berry (D)
Third Essex & Middlesex 36,505 19,752 65% (2) 2004 Thomas M. McGee (D)
Second Middlesex 33,403 17,185 66% (8) 2000 Patricia D. Jehlen (D)
Third Middlesex 38,187 17,674 68% (8) 2006 Susan C. Fargo (D)
Worcester & Norfolk 48,739 22,611 68% (1) 2004 Richard T. Moore (D)

 

Total voting yes – 546,261; total voting no – 300,903; Proportion voting yes across the state as a whole – 64.5%.

Policy Questions

Shall the (Representative or Senator) from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation…

 

(1)… that would allow seriously ill patients, with their doctor’s written recommendation, to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana for their personal medical use?

(2)… making possession of marijuana a civil violation, like a traffic ticket instead of a criminal offense, and requiring police to hold a person under 18 cited for possession until the person is released to a parent or legal guardian or brought before a judge?

(3)… that would make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil violation, subject to a maximum fine of $100 and not subject to any criminal penalties?

(4)… that would allow the state to regulate the taxation, manufacture and sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older provided that outlets are state licensed, do not sell alcohol, and are not within 500 yards of a school?

(5)… that would allow patients with certain diseases, who have a written doctor’s recommendation, to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana for their personal use, until such time as the federal government puts into place an effective distribution system for these patients?

(6)… that would make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil violation, subject to a maximum fine of $100 and not subject to any criminal penalties?

(7)… that would allow licensed farmers in Massachusetts to grow cannabis hemp (a crop containing 1% or less THC, the active ingredient in marijuana) for legitimate agricultural and industrial purposes?

(8)… that would make the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil violation, subject to a fine of no more than $100.00. The effect of this proposed legislation would be to amend existing law by repealing all criminal penalties for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

Results by Cities and Towns

It is hard for anyone not a political junkie to know what these results mean in terms of cities and towns. Districts are often composed of bits and pieces of several municipalities and redistricting changes the definition of each District from time to time. There follows a list of cities and towns in which reform has had a electoral presence. Each municipality is followed by a letter signifying whether the question appeared in a Senatorial or Representative District. If the letter is followed by a number that number represents the number of Districts (S or R) in that town in which citizens voted on Public Policy Questions. If the letter has no number that means the entire municipality voted for reform. THIS LIST IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED AFTER 2006 ELECTION BECAUSE QUESTION 2 won in all towns and cities except Clarksburg and Lawrence.

Abington (R), Amesbury (R), Andover (R1), Arlington (R1), Ashburnham (R), Ashby (R), Athol (R), Avon (R), Barre (R), Bellingham (S), Belmont (R1), Beverly (S), Blackstone (S), Boston (R9), Boxford (R2), Boylston (R), Brookfield (R), Brookline (R3), Cambridge(R1), Canton (R), Charleton (R), Chatham (R), Clinton (R), Cohasset (R), Danvers (S), Douglas (S), Dudley (S), Duxbury (R2), East Bridgwater (R), East Brookfield (R), Eastham (R), Erving (R), Framingham (R1), Franklin (R), Gardner (R), Georgetown (R2), Gill (R), Groveland (R), Halifax (R1), Hamilton (R), Hanover (R), Hardwick (R), Harwich (R), Hatfield (R), Haverhill (R2), Hingham (R), Hopedale (S), Hull (R), Ipswich(R), Kingston (R), Lancaster (R1), Lynn (S), Manchester-by-the-Sea (R), Marblehead (S), Medford (S), Medway (R1), Melrose (S1), Mendon (S), Methuen (R1), Middleborough (R2), Middleton (R1), Milford (S), Milton (R9), Milville (S), Montgomery (R), Nahant (S), New Braintree (R), Newburyport (R), North Andover (R1), North Brookfield (R), Northborough (R), Northhampton (R), Northridge (S), Norwell (R), Orange (R), Orleans (R), Oxford (R1,S), Peabody (S), Petersham (R), Phillipston (R), Pittsfield (R1), Plymouth (R), Plympton (R), Provincetown (R), Quincy (R2), Randolph (R6), Rockland (R), Royalston (R), Salem (S), Salisbury (R), Saugus (S1), Scituate (R1), Somerville (S1), Southbridge (R,S), Southhampton (R), Spencer (R2), Sterling (R1), Stoughton (R1), Sutton (S), Swampscott (S), Templeton (R), Topsfield (S), Truro (R), Uxbridge (S), Ware (R), Warwick (R), Webster (S), Wellfleet (R), Wenham (R), West Boylston (R), West Brookfield (R), Westhampton (R), Whitman (R), Winchendon (R), Woburn (S1), Worcester (R1).