Globe: Everett legislator, charged with voter fraud, vacates seat

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[Reprinted from the Boston Globe.  Original article here.]

January 2, 2013 | By Martine Powers, Globe Staff

An Everett state representative who reportedly agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of voter fraud has officially vacated his seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Representative Stephen “Stat” Smith, a Democrat first elected in 2006, submitted a letter Monday to Secretary of State William F. Galvin, ...

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MetroWest: Mass. trails other states on voting reform

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[Reprinted from the MetroWest Daily News.  Original article can be read here.]

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By Katie Doyle/Daily News correspondent
Posted Dec 30, 2012 @ 12:12 AM

Lost among the list of winners and losers in the November election was a lesser noted issue: Massachusetts, considered a progressive state in most matters, is behind the national curve when it comes to voter friendly ...

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MetroWest: Former Marlborough councilor gets community service in voter fraud case

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[Reprinted from the MetroWest Daily News.  Original article here.]

By Kendall Hatch/Daily News staff
Posted Oct 05, 2012 @ 11:27 AM

Mark EvangelousWOBURN — A Middlesex Superior Court judge on Thursday continued without a finding for a year the case of a former Marlborough City Council candidate accused of forging the signature of a dead woman on a voting form.

Mark Evangelous, who ...

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Globe: Mass. voting maps reflect State House evolution

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Here is an excerpt from an epic Boston Globe article marking the occasion of one of the most voter-empowering redistricting laws in recent history, thanks to MassVOTE, our coalition partners, and the legislators who brilliantly performed their duties on the redistricting commission. [Photo credit: Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff]

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Globe: Menino decries redistricting plan

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Says Chinatown should not be split, as panel proposes

[Reprinted from the Boston Globe.  Original article here.]

November 25, 2011 | By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff

Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday panned a City Council redistricting plan that would divide Chinatown by shifting one of its precincts out of District 2, calling some features of the proposal “gerrymandering at its best.’’

“I don’t think Chinatown should be split,’’ Menino said, after appearing at a Thanksgiving feast at the Pine Street Inn. “It’s a community ...

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Globe: Plan to redraw districts hailed

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Proposal aims to reflect state’s racial diversity

OCTOBER 19, 2011 |  Peter Schworm, GLOBE STAFF

Massachusetts lawmakers yesterday released a new map of legislative districts that doubles the number that are “majority-minority,’’ reflecting the state’s growing racial diversity and giving black and Latino voters more political clout.

The proposal calls for 20 House districts where most residents identify themselves as members of minority groups, and three Senate districts, including a new one in Springfield.

After a decade ...

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MassVOTE conducts first-ever independent audit of Massachusetts voting machines

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Historic first sparks staunch opposition from Secretary of State.  Lawsuit considered as possible next step.

With your backing, MassVOTE recently conducted the first-ever independent audit of an election machine in Massachusetts.

In June, using the Public Records Law, your team at MassVOTE asked to see all 1,007 anonymous ballots cast in a randomly selected precinct in Shrewsbury during the 2010 special election for U.S. Senate.

1,002 ballots were correctly counted.  On the remaining five, the voters had mismarked their ballots. But their intent, in all ...

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MassVOTE’s three summer priorities

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As the summer begins, MassVOTE has 3 priorities:

  • Empowering neighborhood organizations and progressive groups to do voter education, registration, and mobilization statewide, especially in communities of color.
  • Educating, registering, and mobilizing young voters and future voters.
  • Addressing inequalities and calling for reform in how voters are registered, how district lines are drawn, how campaigns are funded, and who has influence over our elected officials.

Over the next three days MassVOTE will update you on each priority.

What follows is the first update:

Empowering neighborhood organizations and ...

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Educating, registering, and mobilizing young voters and future voters

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The Boston area high school youth of color in our Young Civic Leaders program put together a massive voter registration drive on June 28th, in partnership with the Jewish Organizing Initiative and many other organizations.  A centralized training and kickoff celebration was held, and groups headed off to T-stops across greater Boston to do registration.  Close to a hundred volunteers took part.

Young Civic Leaders is also working on our campaign for Pre-Registration, an effort to pass a law that ...

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