Election Results: Voters Reject Ballot Question to Limit Nurse to Patient Ratio

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With Jamaica Plain races already wrapped up by September's primary, the local interest on election day was focused on the three statewide ballot questions.

No. Yes. Yes. Those were the results of the ballot questions.

Question 1 would've limited nurse to patient ratio in particular medical sites. The ratio would've varied depending upon the site, such as a maternity ward. But Massachusetts residents and Bostonians rejected the proposed law. As of 11:45 pm on election night, with 94.1% of precincts reporting, the split was 64% for no and 35% for yes in Boston, according to boston.gov. The vote was split greater across the state in favor of rejecting the question.

Massachusetts and Boston residents overwhelmingly supported Question 2, which will create a citizens commission to recommend potential amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Bostonians voted 77% in favor of the question and 22% against it. The split across the state was in the 70% to 30% range in favor of the question.

Bostonians also overwhelmingly supported Question 3, which keeps a law in place that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public places. Bostonians were 76% in favor of the question and 23% against. Massachusetts residents also supported the question, but it was more in the 67% to 33% range, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Locally, Congressman Stephen Lynch, D-8th, Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley, D-7th, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, D-2nd Suffolk, state Rep. Liz Malia, D-11th, state Rep.-elect Nika Elugardo, D-15th, were all unopposed.

As expected the next Suffolk County District Attorney will be Democrat Rachael Rollins, who easily defeated independent candidate Michael Maloney, 81% to 18% with 270 of 298 precincts reporting as of midnight, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Suffolk County Register of Deeds Stephen Murphy easily defeated opponent Gabriela Mendoza, 85% to 14%, according to the AP.

As expected, statewide races went to the incumbents: Republican Governor Charlie Baker defeated Democrat Jay Gonzalez, 66% to 33%. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, defeated Republican Geoff Diehl, 60% to 35%, according to the AP.

State Auditor Democrat Suzanne Bump won, as did Democratic State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, Democratic Secretary of State William Galvin, Massachusetts Attorney General and Democrat Maura Healey, all won easily against their opponents.