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

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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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Good News, Bad News

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We’ve got good news and bad news.

The bad: at the end of last week, after months of delays, the leadership of the Massachusetts State Senate decided not to hold a debate on the Election Reform Bill.  Pre-registration for 16 and 17 year-olds will not become law this year.  There will be no hand-check audits of precinct results in Massachusetts this year.  City and town election administrators will still have the ...

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City Council’s Census & Redistricting committee to hold redistricting hearing

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PRESS RELEASE

Charles C. Yancey, Boston City Councillor

For Release ——————————- Tuesday, July 17, 2012

City Council’s Census & Redistricting committee to hold redistricting hearing

Boston City Hall (July 17, 2012) – The Boston City Council’s Committee on Census & Redistricting will hold a public redistricting hearing on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 3:00 p.m., in the Christopher A. Iannella Chamber, Fifth Floor, at Boston City Hall. 

Redistricting is the process of drawing electoral district boundaries in response to population changes, and the process ...

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Fall Ballot Questions Announced

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 Mass. officials announce fall ballot questions

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July 11, 2012
 

BOSTON (AP) — With measures failing to be taken up in the Legislature and advocates rallying support throughout the state, Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on contentious issues such as medical marijuana come November.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin’s office said Wednesday that three proposals have gained enough support to be placed ...

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Election reform package passes in the State House

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Bay State Banner – June 7, 2012

The Massachusetts State House recently passed an election modernization bill that will make it easier for people to register to vote, increase the security and integrity of the vote counting process and welcome new young voters in Massachusetts.

“This is a big victory. If this bill is passed by the Senate and signed into law by the governor, it will be the most significant ...

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49 organizations join the call to fix Mass election laws

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49 organizations from across Massachusetts are calling for swift passage of reforms to protect the right to vote in time for the 2012 elections.   They recently sent a joint letter to State House leaders demanding reform now.  The organizations, ranging from MassVOTE to Boston’s League of Women Voters to the Springfield Institute, urges legislators to:

  • Let teen citizens pre-register so they can vote the day they turn 18.
  • Let citizens fill out registration forms online and then print, sign, and mail ...
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Money in Politics is a Civil Rights Issue

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Community Voices: Money in politics is a civil rights issue

Cheryl Clyburn Crawford and Avi Green

It was not too long ago that in many states individuals had to pay to vote.

As recently as the 1950s, if you could not pay a poll tax — an actual tax required before one could exercise their constitutional right to vote — you could not participate in the electoral process. Created with the specific goal of preventing African Americans from voting, these poll ...

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Real problems, false solutions with the voter list

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The Boston Globe

Editorial

February 18, 2012

EVEN AS legislators in many states promote ID laws as the solution to an imaginary epidemic of voting fraud, the real deficiencies in America’s voter-registration processes go unaddressed.

A new report by the Pew Center on the States estimates that about 24 million voter registrations across the country are inaccurate or outdated. But rather than calling for new obstacles to those seeking to vote, the study rightfully puts the burden where it belongs: on state election officials ...

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