Be a Public Health Voter!

The results of the 2022 elections in Massachusetts will have far-reaching impacts on public health and health equity in the Commonwealth. To help educate voters about the important public health and equity issues facing our state, MPHA has created a public health voter checklist. We encourage all registered voters to ask candidates for elected office about their positions on the questions listed below.

Key 2022 Election Dates

For the September 6, 2022 primary election in Massachusetts:

  • The deadline for registering to vote is August 27, 2022.
  • All registered voters can vote by mail.
  • Secure ballot drop-off locations are available.
  • Polling places are open on Election Day.

More Information on Voting in the Primary Election

For the November 8, 2022 general election in Massachusetts:

  • The deadline for registering to vote is October 19, 2022.
  • All registered voters can vote by mail.
  • Secure ballot drop-off locations are available.
  • Early voting locations are open before Election Day.
  • Polling places are open on Election Day.

More Information on Voting in the General Election


Public Health Voter Checklist

Massachusetts residents enjoy some of the best health outcomes in the country, but tremendous health disparities exist between different communities and populations. To achieve true health equity, state policies must promote the upstream conditions that create health and wellness, such as access to safe affordable housing and reliable public transportation. It is also critical to ensure that every Massachusetts resident benefits from high-quality public health protections. Before you head to the ballot box, find out where candidates stand on these key issues:

Improving Public Health Infrastructure

For candidates running for statewide office: Does the candidate support elevating the Commissioner of Public Health to a cabinet level position?

For candidates running for statewide office: Does the candidate have a clear plan for mitigating the impacts of future waves COVID-19 variants, including strategies for delivering additional rounds of vaccine to hard-hit communities and marginalized populations?

Transforming the Local Public Health System

Does the candidate support creating a 21st-century local public health system for Massachusetts that includes minimum standards for every community?

Does the candidate support allocating state funding on an annual basis to help local boards of health achieve minimum standards and provide equitable public health protections to all Massachusetts residents?

Addressing the Affordable Housing Crisis

Will the candidate prioritize affordable housing policy solutions that are supported by communities that have been disproportionately harmed by racist housing policies and practices?

Does the candidate support lifting the ban on rent control in Massachusetts?

Investing in Public Transportation

Is the candidate committed to providing affordable and reliable public transportation across the state, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality in low-income communities and improve public health outcomes?

Does the candidate support making Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) buses fare free?

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Does the candidate support support legislation to authorize safe consumption sites in Massachusetts?

Does the candidate support a public health approach to addressing the opioid epidemic and increasing evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders?


Additional Resources

Printable Version of the Public Health Voter Checklist

Healthy Voting Information for Massachusetts

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