Potential 2020 ballot questions

Potential 2020 ballot questions

We're getting a better idea of the questions Massachusetts voters could see on the 2020 ballot.

Sixteen ballot initiatives have been submitted and the final decisions will be announced on September 4.

One of them was filed by Cumberland Farms. That initiative would establish a new "food store" license for beer and wine so people would be able to pick up those beverages right in their local convenience or grocery store, rather than having to go to a liquor store.

Content Continues Below

Another potential ballot question would ask about ranked-choice voting. With that, voters can rank as many candidates as they want in order of choice and the candidate with the most first-place votes wins.

A separate initiative seeks to restore voting rights to felons, allowing them to cast ballots while behind bars.

Pro-life advocates have submitted a question to end government-funded abortions.

Another initiative sets out to stop Massachusetts from being a sanctuary state, meaning local law enforcement would have the authority to work with federal immigration officials.

Attorney General Maura Healey will look through the initiatives and approve the legal language. The campaigns will then have until the end of 2019 to submit 80,000 signatures.

The initiatives would then be subject to potential court objections. After that, another 13,000 signatures would need to be gathered by next July.

Click here to read the proposals.