Boston to Operate 9 Early Voting Sites This Fall

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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, ...

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In contrast to many other states, Mass. works to ease path to voting booth

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Renée Loth’s “Prepare for voter whiplash” (Opinion, May 9) details the scourge of new laws in nearly 20 states that appear to be designed to disenfranchise many student, minority, and elderly would-be voters in November. Thankfully, Massachusetts is not one of these states.

In fact, we will be a national leader in voter modernization as the result of a law that goes into effect this year, which was supported by MassVOTE and signed by then-governor Deval Patrick. The Bay State will ...

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Election reform legislation modernizes Massachusetts’ voting

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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, ...

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MassVOTE congratulates Governor on signing election bill into law

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 ...

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Victory in the Senate!

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Press Release – January 16, 2014

Election Modernization Coalition Applauds Passage of Comprehensive Election Modernization in Senate
House should pass and the Governor should sign the Senate bill

The Election Modernization Coalition today applauded the Massachusetts Senate for overwhelmingly passing comprehensive election modernization legislation (S1975). The final vote was 37 in favor to 1 opposed. The bill includes online voter registration, early voting, pre-registration for 16 year-olds, post-election audits of voting machines, Election Day registration, permanent voter ...

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Connolly and Walsh discuss city’s communities of color in mayoral race debate

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The Race for City Hall
10/23/2013 | 10:38 PM
Connolly and Walsh discuss city’s communities of color in mayoral race debate
By Akilah Johnson / Globe Staff

Boston’s two candidates for mayor pledged Wednesday night that their administrations would be more representative of the city, with about half of appointees being people of color. They also promised to bring jobs to struggling neighborhoods and to move aggressively to close the achievement gap between students.

In the third face-off of their campaign, state ...

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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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