DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – With a little more than five weeks until Election Day, political commercials are airing on television and lawn signs are reappearing in neighborhoods, campaigning for both candidates and ballot questions. However, the wording on some of the ballot questions may be confusing to voters. 22News is working for you with what each question means.
“Just put it in clear, understandable English so when you read it, you’re not being tricked,” said David Hosmer of Greenfield. Many voters believe the wording of Question 3, in particular, will be confusing to voters.
Question 3 is the “casino question.” It asks if you want to repeal the current law that allows casinos to be legal in Massachusetts. Voting “Yes” would mean you would want to repeal the law, meaning you are voting “No” for casinos. Voting “No” means you want the law to stay how it is now, allowing for casinos, like MGM, to be built in Massachusetts and especially in Springfield.
Voters need a reason to go to the polls. For some, it’s their right to vote that gets them here, and for others, they have to be passionate about a certain topic. For many in Springfield, we found that topic is the casino in question, but in Deerfield, many people said they were most concerned about Question 1. That asks if you want to end the state’s requirement that the gas tax be adjusted annually based on Consumer Price Indexing.
Some voters said they would not mind the tax to go up, if the price of gas continued to drop. They also would want to make sure the extra money spent on gas tax would go directly to fixing the roads and other infrastructure projects.
“Gas tax should go up every year if the index goes up but only used exclusively for makings for the road, not go into the general fund,” said Kip Stahelek of Sunderland.
Question 2 asks if you want to expand the current bottle bill so you can also refund water bottles and other non-carbonated beverage bottles, as you do soda bottles, for a deposit.
Question 4 asks if you think the state should require most companies to offer earned sick time to employees. Supporters say everyone should be able to take a day off if they’re sick. Opponents say small business owners may not be able to afford their few employees paid days off, and they don’t think the state should require them to do so.
“I understand the small business point-of-view but there’s a lot of things like minimum wage, and safety regulations and you know that small business and everyone else has to comply with for the greater good. It’s for the greater good,” said Tim Oppenheimer of Springfield.
Election Day is November 4th. Click here to learn more about each ballot question.