My “Information for Voters” pamphlet from Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin arrived in the mail last week. Among other things, the booklet contains information about the three ballot questions that will appear on the ballot at the November 2, 2010 state election. Here’s a summary of each of the questions:
QUESTION 1 – Sales Tax on Alcoholic Beverages
“This proposed law would remove the Massachusetts sales tax on alcoholic beverages and alcohol.” A YES vote would remove the sales tax. A NO vote would make no change in the state sales tax on alcoholic beverages and alcohol.
QUESTION 2 – Comprehensive Permits for Low- or Moderate-Income Housing
“This proposed law would repeal an existing state law that allows a qualified organization wishing to build government-subsidized housing that includes low- or moderate-income units to apply for a single comprehensive permit from a city or town’s zoning board of appeals, instead of separate permits from each local agency having jurisdiction over any aspect of the proposed housing. A YES vote would repeal the state law allowing the issuance of a single comprehensive permit to build housing that includes low- or moderate-income units. A NO vote would make no change in the state law allowing issuance of such a comprehensive permit.
QUESTION 3 – Sales and Use Tax Rates
“This proposed law would reduce the state sales and use tax rates (which were 6.25% as of September 2009) to 3% as of January 1, 2011. A YES vote would reduce the state sales and use tax rates to 3%. A NO vote would make no change in the state sales and use tax rates.
Other important information contained in the pamphlet included:
The deadline to register to vote is Wednesday, October 13, 2010.
If you registered to vote by mail or if there is any question about your identity, then you may be asked to present identification at the polling place (so bring your drivers license with you).
For more information about the upcoming state election, check out the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.