Resources for Winning Local Ballot Initiatives
Mass-Care activists have placed non-binding single payer referendum questions on the ballot in over 34 districts dating back to 1994. Local ballot initiatives are an effective way to target individual legislators and convey the level of support for an issue in their district.
Local ballot questions are known as “Public Policy Questions” in Massachusetts, and the Secretary of the Commonwealth provides instructions on getting question language vetted, and ballot forms printed.
Below are resources Mass-Care developed in 2008 and 2010 for local activists running ballot initiative campaigns:
- “Winning the Single-Payer Ballot Initiative in Your District,” a Guide for local activists. The Guide reviews Media Strategy, Education and Outreach, Visibilities, and planning for Election Day.
- “Single Payer Ballot Initiative To-Do List,” a check-list to accompany the Guide, breaking down all of the necessary organizing tasks into phases.
- “Yes to Health Care” flyer for Ballot Question #4.
- “Yes to Health Care” yard sign for Ballot Question #4.
- Draft Op-Ed for Local Newspapers in support of Ballot Question #4.