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A voting ward
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On Election Day, Massachusetts voters embraced a ballot measure that would standardize vehicle data access while rejecting one that would instate a ranked choice voting system in 2022.

A logo based on the American flag, with a car sending out wifi/data signal in the blue of the flag with "Right To Repair" over 3 red stripes
The Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee

Earlier this month, we examined the arguments for and against a ranked choice voting system — Question Two on the Massachusetts ballot. Now, we’re focusing on Question One, the “’Right to Repair Law’ Vehicle Data Access Requirement Initiative.” Tommy Hickey is the director of the Right To Repair coalition, a group of 4,000 independent and local auto parts and repair shops – as well as consumers and drivers – who support Question One. He spoke with WAMC to make his case.

Backers of the so-called "Right To Repair" ballot question are now urging supporters in Massachusetts to vote "yes" on the initiative.

The Right to Repair Committee had initially joined with auto manufacturers to urge voters to skip Question 1 on the November ballot after both sides reached a compromise which was later approved by lawmakers.

The new law requiring car makers provide independent repair shops with access to their diagnostic systems was approved in July, too late to remove it from the ballot.

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