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A primer on Ballot Questions 1-4

Adding a slots parlor license means that non-horse gambling could be coming to Suffolk Downs.
Adding a slots parlor license means that non-horse gambling could be coming to Suffolk Downs.(Timothy Tai for The Boston Globe)

Massachusetts voters can now begin studying their four November ballot questions, which were officially assigned numbers this week.

Activists supporting each question needed to submit 10,792 signatures by last Wednesday to appear on the ballot. Secretary of State William Galvin assigned numbers to the questions based on the length of the questions and spacing on ballots printed in multiple languages.

Here are the questions:

‘Expanded Slot-Machine Gaming’

The proposal would allow for a second slots parlor in Massachusetts and could lead to a casino near Suffolk Downs.

‘Charter School Expansion’

The proposal would create or expand 12 charter schools in the state each year.

‘Conditions for Farm Animals’

The proposal would would require, beginning in 2022, state farms and businesses to buy and sell the following: eggs only from cage-free hens, pork from pigs not raised in tight crates, and veal from calves not raised in small enclosures.

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‘Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana’

The proposal would allow anyone 21 years or older to buy, home-grow, and distribute marijuana.


Meg Bernhard can be reached at meg.bernhard@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @meg_bernhard.