Question 6 for public committee votes passed overwhelmingly in all 20 districts. See below for up-to-date vote tallies.
As part of The People's House campaign for rules reform, we organized to put a non-binding policy question on 20 ballots across the Commonwealth. Our question asks voters if they support requiring legislators on Beacon Hill to make their committee votes public.
The question language: "Shall the representative for this district be instructed to vote in favor of changes to the applicable House of Representative rules to make each legislator’s vote in that body's Legislative committees publicly available on the Legislature's website?"
Because this is a non-binding question, it doesn't become law if passed, but rather serves as a way for constituents to directly and publicly tell their representative how they want them to vote on an issue. And, frankly, our movement had a lot to say.
An average of 85% of voters across 20 districts voted YES to instruct their legislators to vote to make committee votes public. We're still waiting for some results to trickle in from town clerks, and we'll continue to update the results.
|District||Rep or Rep-Elect||Votes Yes||Votes No||% Yes||% No||100% Reporting?|
|33rd Middlesex||Steven Ultrino||6369||1420||82%||18%||TRUE|
|3rd Plymouth||Joan Meschino||16400||2743||86%||14%||TRUE|
|19th Worcester||Kate Donaghue||13,124||2128||86%||14%||TRUE|
|25th Middlesex||Marjorie Decker||9,314||586||94%||6%||TRUE|
|4th Middlesex||Danielle Gregoire||9721||2024||83%||17%||TRUE|
|1st Essex||Dawne Shand||10908||1694||87%||13%||TRUE|
|2nd Berkshire||Tricia Farley-Bouvier||10422||1670||86%||14%||TRUE|
|8th Hampden||Shirley Arriaga||8652||2942||75%||25%||TRUE|
|3rd Norfolk||Ronald Mariano||16400||2743||86%||14%||TRUE|
|15th Suffolk||Sam Montaño||11733||810||94%||6%||TRUE|
|12th Suffolk||Brandy Fluker-Oakley||8298||1737||83%||17%||TRUE|
|13th Suffolk||Daniel Hunt||7038||1743||80%||20%||TRUE|
|4th Barnstable||Sarah Peake||17977||3251||85%||15%||TRUE|
|14th Middlesex||Simon Cataldo||15986||2046||89%||11%||TRUE|
|8th Essex||Jenny Armini||5072||1063||83%||17%||Missing Marblehead|
|2nd Franklin||Susannah Whipps||3062||930||77%||23%||Missing Erving, Greenfield, Northfield, Orange, Philipston, Royalston, Warwick, Winchendon|
|12th Hampden||Angelo Puppolo||-||-||-%||-%||No data yet|
|34th Middlesex||Christine Barber||5,878||607||91%||9%||Missing Medford|
|35th Middlesex||Paul Donato||2593||489||84%||16%||Missing Medford|
|12th Worcester||Meghan Kilcoyne||9786||2184||82%||18%||Missing Clinton|
Act on Mass ran a similar ballot question in 16 districts in 2020, which passed with an average of 90%.
2020 Ballot Question Language: "Shall the representative for this district be instructed to vote in favor of changes to the applicable House of Representative rules to make the results of all the votes in that body's Legislative committees publicly available on the Legislature's website?"
|District||Rep||Votes Yes||Votes No||% Yes||% No||Rep's vote on public committee votes in 2021|
|5th Essex||Ann-Margaret Ferrante||19338||3264||85.6%||14.4%||NO|
|1st Franklin||Natalie Blais||21539||2762||88.6%||11.4%||NO|
|2nd Hampshire||Daniel Carey||20212||2982||87.1%||12.9%||NO|
|3rd Hampshire||Mindy Domb||12402||919||93.1%||6.9%||NO|
|11th Middlesex||Kay Khan||19170||1790||91.5%||8.5%||NO|
|12th Middlesex||Ruth Balser||18368||1746||91.3%||8.7%||NO|
|21st Middlesex||Kenneth Gordon||19530||3569||84.5%||15.5%||NO|
|27th Middlesex||Erika Uyterhoeven||20704||1250||94.3%||5.7%||YES|
|29th Middlesex||Steve Owens||20458||1707||92.3%||7.7%||YES|
|11th Norfolk||Paul McMurtry||20296||3139||86.6%||13.4%||NO|
|15th Norfolk||Tommy Vitolo||17287||1258||93.2%||6.8%||NO|
|11th Suffolk||Liz Malia||15948||1682||90.5%||9.5%||NO|
|15th Suffolk||Nika Elugardo||15688||1294||92.4%||7.6%||YES|
|17th Suffolk||Kevin Honan||13991||996||93.4%||6.6%||NO|
|18th Suffolk||Michael Moran||11557||903||92.8%||7.2%||NO|
|19th Suffolk||Jeffrey Turco||11796||2418||83.0%||17.0%||NO|