The 2018 election was one that held a lot of hope for change. We had a record turnout of voters in Ayer with almost 60% of registered voters making their voices heard.
Nationally, there were some bigs wins and losses.
- There were record turnouts across the country with a huge spike in younger voters.
- The Democrats won the US Congressional House.
- The Republicans gained seats in the US Senate.
- Democrats flipped 7 Governor seats.
- A record number of women will be in the House & Senate with 107. This includes many firsts: black Rep from MA (Ayanna Pressley), two Muslim women (Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar), two Native America women (Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland), and the youngest women ever elected in the House at age 29 (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a Latina!).
- Florida voted to give over 1 million convicted felons the right to vote, which can make a big difference in future elections.
- While Beto O'Rourke may not have won, Democrats came closer to beating a few Republicans than expected.
Thank you to all of the nominees for the time and effort you put forth to make a difference in our state. Thank you to all of the volunteers who put in countless of hours campaigning, going door to door, on phone banks, and more. All of your work was worth it.
Massachusetts Question 1, Nurse-Patient Assignment Limits Initiative was a NO vote which will not establish patient assignment limits for registered nurses working in hospitals.
Massachusetts Question 2, an initiative to create an advisory commission for amendments to the U.S. Constitution regarding corporate personhood and political spending. MA voted YES in favor of establishing a 15-member citizens' commission to advocate for certain amendments to the United States Constitution regarding campaign finance and corporate personhood.
Massachusetts Question 3, Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Veto Referendum was a YES vote to support upholding Senate Bill 2407, a bill to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity in public places—such as hotels, restaurants, and stores.