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State’s ballots are bound up in non-binding questions

Do local voters really need to spend time deciding whether to create a world government? Not really. So Massachusetts needs to rethink its policy that allows advocacy groups to clutter the ballot with frivolous, non-binding questions, measures that may have contributed to the outrageous three-hour delays at some precincts last week.

It takes as few as 200 signatures to put a non-binding “public policy question” on a local ballot. In many parts of the state, voters had to wade through two or more of them. That’s in addition to the three statewide ballot questions, which were binding.

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