Question 6 for public committee votes passed overwhelmingly in all 20 districts. See below for official vote tallies. Combined with results of the ballot question in 2020 (also below), support for public committee votes in Massachusetts totals 87% with over half a million voters in 36 districts across the Commonwealth voting YES.
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 84% of voters across 20 districts voted YES to instruct their legislators to vote to make committee votes public.
|25th Middlesex||Marjorie Decker||10,854||94.24%||663||5.76%||11,517|
|15th Suffolk||Sam Montaño||11,715||93.52%||812||6.48%||12,527|
|34th Middlesex||Christine Barber||11,165||89.16%||1,358||10.84%||12,523|
|14th Middlesex||Simon Cataldo||16,247||88.56%||2,098||11.44%||18,345|
|8th Essex||Jenny Armini||13,987||86.55%||2,174||13.45%||16,161|
|2nd Berkshire||Tricia Farley-Bouvier||10,588||86.16%||1,701||13.84%||12,289|
|19th Worcester||Kate Donaghue||13,300||86.05%||2,156||13.95%||15,456|
|3rd Plymouth||Joan Meschino||16,725||85.71%||2,789||14.29%||19,514|
|4th Barnstable||Sarah Peake||18,166||84.69%||3,283||15.31%||21,449|
|1st Essex||Dawne Shand||16,108||84.00%||3,069||16.00%||19,177|
|4th Middlesex||Danielle Gregoire||9,860||82.81%||2,047||17.19%||11,907|
|12th Suffolk||Brandy Fluker-Oakley||8,448||82.81%||1,754||17.19%||10,202|
|35th Middlesex||Paul Donato||9,443||82.09%||2,060||17.91%||11,503|
|33rd Middlesex||Steve Ultrino||6,469||81.76%||1,443||18.24%||7,912|
|12th Worcester||Meg Kilcoyne||13,234||81.07%||3,090||18.93%||16,324|
|13th Suffolk||Dan Hunt||7,214||80.35%||1,764||19.65%||8,978|
|2nd Franklin||Susannah Whipps||11,623||79.61%||2,977||20.39%||14,600|
|12th Hampden||Angelo Puppolo||10,728||78.42%||2,953||21.58%||13,681|
|3rd Norfolk||Ronald Mariano||8,853||77.99%||2,499||22.01%||11,352|
|8th Hampden||Shirley Arriaga||8,673||74.64%||2,947||25.36%||11,620|
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|