“In case you are confused on how to vote in today’s Newton election on retail cannabis in Newton, here’s a table that translates your priorities and your forecasts about the election into a strategy for voting….
- The 2nd question (on opt-out) is clear. You should vote Yes if you want to opt out and No if you want retail dispensaries.
- But voting on the 1st question (on limiting to 2-4 dispensaries) is more complicated and depends on your preferences as well as your forecast about what the battle is among the various outcomes (“opt out” vs. “2-4” vs. “8”) and which of the two questions will have majority Yes votes. That’s because a Question 1 will override the Question 2 if it gets more Yes votes than Question 2’s Yes votes.
- If neither question achieves a majority Yes vote, then the default is 8 dispensaries.”