Massachusetts Expand Slot Machine Gaming Initiative

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Question 1
Massachusetts Authorization of a Second Slots Location Initiative
Votes %
Yes 1,240,877 39.26%
No 1,919,893 60.74%
Valid votes 3,160,770 93.55%
Invalid or blank votes 218,031 6.45%
Total votes 3,378,801 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 3,402,809 99.29%

The Massachusetts Expand Slot Machine Gaming Initiative was a 2016 Massachusetts ballot measure. Also known as Question 1, it was an indirect initiated state statute question that would allow the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to issue an additional license for another slot machine parlor to exist in the state. The ballot question specified that the additional slots parlor be licensed only on a property within 1,500 feet (460 m) of a racetrack and built on a parcel that is at least 4 acres (1.6 ha) in size.[2] The only location in the state where this would have applied was Suffolk Downs in East Boston.[3]

  • A "yes" vote would allow a second slots parlor to exist in Massachusetts.[4]
  • A "no" vote would leave the current number of one slots parlor place.


The measure was not approved, voting was 57% "no", 37% "yes", and 6% left blank.[5]


  1. ^ "Ballot Questions". Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  2. ^ "QUESTION 1: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition". Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  3. ^ Ebbert, Stephanie (2016-10-26). "What would approving another slots parlor mean for Mass.?". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  4. ^ Bauter, Alison (2016-09-12). "Here Are the Massachusetts Ballot Questions for November 2016". Beacon Hill Patch. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  5. ^ "Statewide Ballot Questions — Statistics by Year: 2016". Retrieved March 10, 2018.