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BOSTON (AP) — The upcoming November election will be the first in which early voting will be available to Massachusetts residents.
With that in mind, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday that the city will open nine early voting sites, one in each of the city council districts.
Under a 2014 state law, Massachusetts is joining more than 30 other states that offer early voting during a designated period before Election Day.
The fall period will run from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4, ...Continue Reading →
Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have both complained that voting and delegate selection rules in the various primary states are “rigged” or “corrupt” because they favor establishment candidates who know how to play by the complex rules. The two men are right in one regard: America operates under a crazy quilt of voting requirements, with each state making its own ...Continue Reading →
Last night the Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved cutting edge legislation to require real-time disclosure of donors to SuperPACs and other groups and would shed light on the huge influx of money expected in the 2014 gubernatorial race. The bill had previously been approved in similar form by the Massachusetts House of Representatives 143-4 last month.
“Average citizens’ voices are being drowned out by a deluge of money from ultra-wealthy donors and special interests, much of it undisclosed” said Pam Wilmot, ...Continue Reading →
Martin Desmarais | 5/28/2014
With the signature of Gov. Deval Patrick, a new Massachusetts election reform bill became law last week and has advocates heralding the legislation as making the state a leader in voting modernization.
Pro-voter advocates entered this legislative season with a laundry list of changes and state legislators have delivered some of the major ones — and in particular some of the reform that had previously put Massachusetts way behind more conservative states.
Signed by Gov. Patrick on May 22, ...Continue Reading →
May 22, 2014
Following the House and Senate passage of the final election reform bill last week the Governor signed the legislation into law today. The legislation includes early voting, online voter registration, post-election audits of voting machines, and pre-registration for 16 and 17 year-olds.
“We congratulate the Governor on signing the election modernization bill into law. This is a great day for voting rights in the Commonwealth” said Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, Executive Director of MassVOTE.
Massachusetts is set ...Continue Reading →