Amherst League of Women Voters

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Consensus Question 8

Question 8 in the Massachusetts Leagues' study of the Ballot Question Process asks "In a petition for law, a second round of signatures must be collected after the legislature has had time to act. Only signatures from registered voters who did not sign the first round can be counted. Should this second round be eliminated?"

Only two other states have this requirement, which is intended to make sure the proponents have maintained the level of support that was present at the time the original signatures were collected. However it is a burden on the proponents and election officials. In addition to the time needed to collect signatures, there must be record- keeping of the earlier signers.

Information on Consensus Question 8 is found on p. 7 of the Study Guide. The Legislature's role is outlined in Sections 3.1.4 and 3.1.5 of the Study Report.