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Questions on the Massachusetts 2020 Ballot

On the November ballot, Massachusetts voters will be asked to weigh in on two questions. Question One is Motor Vehicle Mechanical Data, and Question Two is Ranked Choice Voting. On The Point, we talk with those in opposition and in support of the initiatives, and take listener questions and comments. Mindy Todd hosts.

Regarding Question 1, Motor Vehicle Mechanical Data: here is a link to Information For Voters pamphlet distributed by Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin.


A YES VOTE would provide motor vehicle owners and independent repair facilities with expanded access to wirelessly transmitted mechanical data related to their vehicles’ maintenance and repair.


A NO VOTE would make no change in the law governing access to vehicles’ wirelessly transmitted mechanical data.


We invited the two parties listed in the Information for Voters Pamphlet to join us and make their case:

In favor of Question one is Tommy Hickey from Massachusetts Right toRepair.

In opposition to Question one is Conor Yunits from the Coalition for Safe and Secure Data.


Also participating in the discussion: Professor Stuart Madnick, the John Norris Maguire Professor of Information Technologies, Emeritus, at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Founding Director of Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan. 



Regarding Question 2…. Ranked Choice Voting.


A YES VOTE would create a system of ranked choice voting in which voters would have the option to rank candidates in order of preference and votes would be counted in rounds, eliminating candidates with the lowest votes until one candidate has received a majority


A NO VOTE would make no change in the laws governing voting and how votes are counted.


Our guests for this segment of the program are:

Paul Craney, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, the group organized in opposition to Ranked Choice Voting


Evan Falchuk from Voter Choice for Massachusetts

Mal Leary- Political Correspondent for Maine Public Radio.


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Mindy Todd is the host and producer of <i>The Point</i> on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 40 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.