You can check to see if you are registered to vote by visiting: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/. The last day to register to vote is October 29th. Voting in Burlington happens at Burlington High School in the Gymnasium.
On the ballot November 8th
If you live in Burlington, you live in the 6th Massachusetts District (Federal House of Representatives), the Fourth Middlesex District (State Senate) 21st Middlesex District (State House of Representatives)
Elected Offices on the Ballot:
House of Representatives
Attorney General (MA)
Secretary of State (MA)
State Senator (Senator in General Court)
State Representative (Rep in General Court)
Four Ballot Initiatives
Question 1: Proposed amendment to the state constitution: This proposed constitutional amendment would establish an additional 4% state income tax on that portion of annual taxable income in excess of $1 million. This income level would be adjusted annually, by the same method used for federal income-tax brackets, to reflect increases in the cost of living. Revenues from this tax would be used, subject to appropriation by the state Legislature, for public education, public colleges and universities; and for the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, and public transportation. The proposed amendment would apply to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023.
Yes: You approve of this additional tax and the Constitution is changed. No: You don’t approve of this additional tax; the Constitution remains as it is.
Question 2: Law Proposed: This proposed law would direct the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Insurance to approve or disapprove the rates of dental benefit plans and would require that a dental insurance carrier meet an annual aggregate medical loss ratio for its covered dental benefit plans of 83 percent. The medical loss ratio would measure the amount of premium dollars a dental insurance carrier spends on its members’ dental expenses and quality improvements, as opposed to administrative expenses. If a carrier’s annual aggregate medical loss ratio is less than 83 percent, the carrier would be required to refund the excess premiums to its covered individuals and groups. The proposed law would allow the Commissioner to waive or adjust the refunds only if it is determined that issuing refunds would result in financial impairment for the carrier.
Yes: You approve of having dental insurance companies be regulated to ensure they spend 83% of premiums on dental expenses.
No: You don’t approve of this, and dental insurance companies continue on as they have.
Question 3: Law Proposed: This proposed law would increase the statewide limits on the combined number of licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption (including licenses for “all alcoholic beverages” and for “wines and malt beverages”) that any one retailer could own or control: from 9 to 12 licenses in 2023; to 15 licenses in 2027; and to 18 licenses in 2031. Beginning in 2023, the proposed law would set a maximum number of “all alcoholic beverages” licenses that any one retailer could own or control at 7 licenses unless a retailer currently holds more than 7 such licenses.
Yes: The changes to liquor licensing above goes into effect. No: There are no changes to the licensing.
Question 4: Affirm/Repeal a law: Eligibility for Drivers’ Licenses: This law allows Massachusetts residents who cannot provide proof of lawful presence in the United States to obtain a standard driver’s license or learner’s permit if they meet all the other qualifications for a standard license or learner’s permit, including a road test and insurance, and provide proof of their identity, date of birth, and residency. The law provides that, when processing an application for such a license or learner’s permit or motor vehicle registration, the registrar of motor vehicles may not ask about or create a record of the citizenship or immigration status of the applicant, except as otherwise required by law. This law does not allow people who cannot provide proof of lawful presence in the United States to obtain a REAL ID.
Yes: You approve of the law above and it remains in place (the legislature has already approved it)
No: The law above is repealed.
You can see more about each candidate for office, each initiative, plus arguments for and against at: