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Ballot Questions: What Do Your Votes Mean?

What does your "yes" or "no" vote mean to the three questions?

Voters will face three questions on their ballot Tuesday. One deals with the auto repair industry, another with assisted suicide and the third with medical marijuana. We highlighted them below with information on what your "yes" and "no" votes would mean.

Ballot Issues

Question 1—Right to Repair Initiative. "This proposed law would prohibit any motor vehicle manufacturer, starting with model year 2015, from selling or leasing, either directly or through a dealer, a new motor vehicle without allowing the owner to have access to the same diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturer’s dealers and in-state authorized repair facilities," the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website says.

According to the website, a "yes" vote on Question 1 would require manufacturers to share the diagnostic information with owners and independent repair facilities.

A "no" vote would leave the law as it is, allowing manufacturers to sell or lease the information to repair facilities at their discretion.

Question 2—Death with Dignity Initiative. "This proposed law would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient’s request, to end that patient’s life," the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website says.

According to the website a "yes" vote would allow for the prescription of life-ending medication.

A "no" vote would make no change to the current law and keep the practice illegal.

Question 3—Medical Marijuana Initiative. "This proposed law would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients. To qualify, a patient must have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition," the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website says.

According to the website a "yes" vote would allow for patients to smoke marijuana if it is prescribed by a doctor.

A "no" vote would make no change to the current law and keep the practice illegal.

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