The wrangling over Ballot Question 1, commonly known as the “right-to-repair” measure, illustrates both everything that’s good and everything that’s alarming about the voter-initiative process in Massachusetts. Supporters of the measure have a legitimate concern about guaranteeing consumers’ access to the information needed to fix their cars. They used the threat of a ballot initiative to force state lawmakers to act on the issue. Having largely prevailed, though, they have no good reason to urge approval now of a ballot question on a matter best left to lawmakers.
Voters should just skip the question. To do so is to endorse the existing legislation, which came too late in the session to take the question off the Nov. 6 ballot.