What is an initiative petition?


An initiative petition is the way to get a question on the state-wide ballot. It is the first step in creating a ballot question that can be eventually voted on. To successfully put our question asking for change in the Massachusetts voting system, we need to file this petition with the Attorney General's Office. Once it is approved as meeting "the states constitutional requirements" we have three months to collect the necessary signatures to put this on the 2020 ballot. After gathering the signatures necessary, the proposal is sent to the state legislature where they have the option to vote on it there and then. If they do not pass the petition, we must then gather more signatures and submit them by July. This then puts our question on the ballot for the next statewide election. You can view more information about the process here.

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