On November 6, 2018, polling stations will be open across the state of Massachusetts. As part of the YWCA mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, we encourage you to use your right to vote on November 6, 2018. Voting is one of the key components in promoting equal rights, dignity, justice and peace. In the not so distant past (around 50 years ago) not everyone had the right to vote due to the color of their skin and gender. This is a right that we do not want to take for granted and many worked hard to obtain. Your vote is your voice and it matters!
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In the state of Massachusetts, there are 3 ballot questions that will affect equality and justice within the Commonwealth community on November 6, 2018:
Ballot Question 1: Nurse to Patient Ratios If it is passed, there would be legal limits on the amount of patients a nurse is assigned throughout the hospitals in Massachusetts starting in January of 2019.
Ballot Question 2: Commission to Examine Limiting Money in Politics If it is passed, it would allow 15 unpaid citizens to write a report on money in politics. The report would propose a new amendment where only people and not corporations can spend money on campaigns.
Ballot Question 3: Maintaining Transgender Protections in Public Places This referendum would maintain the 2016 law that protects the public rights of transgender people within the Massachusetts community as well as limiting harassment.