It is down to the wire on ballot questions in MA, and opponents and supporters of Question 2 made one final push a day before the election.
The results for question 4 are in favor for the legalization of marijuana. Currently, using the drug recreationally is legal only in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
MA policymakers had diverse opinions about the charter schools question, which Governor Charlie Baker favored and Mayor Martin J. Walsh opposed. California and Nevada also legalized recreational marijuana initiatives Tuesday. Monday afternoon, as Save Our Schools volunteers and staff gathered at the Boston Branch of the NAACP, then dispersed throughout Boston neighborhoods to door knock, the pro-charter Great Schools Massachusetts held a pre-election rally on the basketball courts behind the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club.
Most Democrats here, including Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, oppose the measure, while President Obama and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, have supported charter schools.
The trouncing puts the future of the charter-school movement into limbo and raises questions about whether supporters should have taken the issue directly to voters to get around a legislative stalemate, resulting in the nation's most expensive ballot question campaign ever. "We've always considered charter schools and district schools necessary to serve the students of MA".
The proposition received vocal support from the state's popular governor, Republican Charlie Baker, an endorsement which generated controversy.
"It takes away from the public schools, the money and all the funding", said Rhonda Holmes, who also lives in Fall River, but voted against Question 2.
Question 3, which set new regulations for the way animals are kept on farms, also sparked a debate between some voters who were concerned the increase in animal product prices could disproportionately affect low-income families.
Marc Kenen, executive director of the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, told Watchdog.org that state teachers union spread misinformation in an effort to persuade voters that the opening of additional charter schools would threaten the quality of their traditional public schools.
Opponents say the state should focus on fixing under-performing schools before they let more privately-run charter schools open. Baker said he wouldn't vote for Trump - or anyone else on the ballot for that matter. The $1.5 million number is a post-reimbursement number, and the reimbursement for Foxboro this year will be about $140,000. That's the verdict from voters in Tuesday's election. By a large margin, voters in Revere have said no to a proposed gambling hall in the city.
In the state's 1st Congressional District, which covers much of the western part of the state including Springfield, Rep. Richard Neal is facing off against Libertarian candidate Thomas Simmons and Independent candidate Frederick Mayock.
The charter school issue is a complicated one.
Question 4, meanwhile, legalized marijuana if you are 21 or over. "Voters simply rejected a specific question, which was a broad expansion of charter schools".
The ballot questions are a different story, with several hotly contested battles.
A "Yes" vote on Question 2 would give Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education the authority to lift the cap in such communities and allow up to 12 new charters or expansions of existing schools to open each year, up to 1 percent of the total statewide public school enrollment each year.