Lagging Behind on Election Reform

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Massachusetts still has a long way to go in order to assure equal voting rights for all. Avi Green discusses many areas of potential improvement in this 2012 article.

 

Mass. trails other states on voting reform

By Katie Doyle

Dec 30, 2012

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 laws and procedures.

While a majority of ...

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Grassroots the Strength of MassVOTE

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December 16, 2004

Grassroots cooperation key to success for MassVOTE

Jeremy Schwab

On November 2, over 600 volunteers fanned out across 11 Massachusetts cities to monitor polling locations for signs of improper procedures and to help citizens who might encounter obstacles to voting.

The poll monitoring effort was evidence of the increasing scope of MassVOTE, a nonprofit voting-rights group that organized the volunteers in collaboration with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

MassVOTE, which advocates for voting rights legislation and ...

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Getting New Citizens to Vote

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MassVOTE’s Sara Brady talks about the importance of new citizens getting involved in the election process.

 

Thousands of new citizens have voice in 2012 elections

Written by Katherine Lynn

Published Oct 23, 2012

As many as 4,000 new Massachusetts citizens could be casting their ballots in the upcoming elections, an opportunity granted to recently naturalized residents after the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Group conducted the largest voter registration of naturalized citizens in the group’s history.

“This is a very encouraging turnout — the biggest ...

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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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Hooray for Record Turnout… Boo for Record Lines.

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On November 6, Massachusetts broke the 2008 record. So far, including absentee ballots, at least 3,128,134 votes were cast. That’s about 25,000 more votes than 2008, when 3,102,995 ballots were cast.

Cities and towns in Massachusetts are still finishing their final tallies. Overseas and military votes that arrived late are still being processed, and provisional ballots from Election Day are being judged individually to determine whether or not they should be counted. The total number will go up.

MassVOTE was hoping for ...

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Analysis 3.3: Why Massachusetts Will Break 2008’s Voter Turnout Record

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Analysis 3.3: Why Massachusetts Will Break 2008’s Voter Turnout Record

by Avi Green

MassVOTE

In 2008, Massachusetts set an all-time voter turnout record.  3.1 million people cast ballots.   There has been substantial discussion about whether or not 2012 turnout will reach 2008 levels.  With Election Day less than a week away, several data points indicate that 2012 turnout will actually substantially exceed 2008.

MassVOTE predicts that approximately 3.3 million people will come out ...

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Fall Newsletter

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MassVOTE has distributed about $250,000 to community groups to Get Out the Vote so far this year, and they’ve contacted tens of thousands of people. But that’s not all. Read MassVOTE ‘s Fall 2012 newsletter as a downloadable PDF to see all you’ve made possible. Then please make a contribution to help with the final push.

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