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Voting in Massachusetts Posted on Oct 27

The subject of Elections in Massachusetts is addressed in Title VIII of the Mass. General Laws. The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Elections Division provides information on laws and regulations governing the election process. The Division’s robust web presence will link you to interactive voter tools   …Continue Reading Voting in Massachusetts

Getting ready to vote Posted on Oct 18

Getting ready to vote

In order to vote in the November 8, 2016 election, Massachusetts residents must be registered by Wednesday, October 19th.  You can check on your voter registration status by visiting the Elections Division website.   Additionally you can find out how to register online, your voting location, early voting times   …Continue Reading Getting ready to vote

The Electoral College and Massachusetts Law Posted on Sep 22

The Electoral College system was established in the U.S. Constitution, Article II, section 1, and further clarified by the 12th and 23rd Amendments. “Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number   …Continue Reading The Electoral College and Massachusetts Law

Early Voting in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 7

New regulations relating to early voting in Massachusetts became effective on August 26, 2016, in time for the 2016 fall elections. The regulations implement the requirements set forth in General Laws Chapter 54, Section 25B, “Early voting; application for early voting ballots; early voting period, sites and lists; counting of   …Continue Reading Early Voting in Massachusetts

Selection of Delegates to National Conventions – Massachusetts Law Posted on Jul 18

A word about Massachusetts law relating to the Presidential Election might be in order, particularly as it applies to the national party conventions taking place this summer. Presidential Primaries were held on the first Tuesday in March as required by M.G.L. c.  53, § 28.   …Continue Reading Selection of Delegates to National Conventions – Massachusetts Law

Can Felons Vote in Massachusetts? Posted on Mar 4

In Massachusetts and some other states, the right to vote is temporarily suspended while a person is incarcerated for a felony offense.  They may vote again after they are released from prison. In some states, even people convicted of a misdemeanor cannot vote while incarcerated. In other   …Continue Reading Can Felons Vote in Massachusetts?

Presidential Primaries in Massachusetts Posted on Feb 10

A word about the law relating to Presidential Primaries in Massachusetts might be in order. Registered Massachusetts voters who are members of the Democratic, Republican and Green-Rainbow parties will have the opportunity to vote in the Presidential Primary to be held on Super Tuesday, March   …Continue Reading Presidential Primaries in Massachusetts

Law Prohibiting Lying About Political Candidates is Unconstitutional Posted on Aug 12

Massachusetts General Law chapter 56, section 42 reads: “No person shall make or publish, or cause to be made or published, any false statement in relation to any candidate for nomination or election to public office, which is designed or tends to aid or to   …Continue Reading Law Prohibiting Lying About Political Candidates is Unconstitutional

Election Reform Bill Signed into Law to Allow Early Voting and Online Voter Registration Posted on Jun 13

Governor Patrick signed House Bill 3788, An Act Relative to Election Laws, Acts of 2014, Chapter 111 into law on May 22, 2014. Some of the features to be introduced over several years are: online registration of voters; preregistering at age 16 and 17 for voting upon   …Continue Reading Election Reform Bill Signed into Law to Allow Early Voting and Online Voter Registration

Voter ID Requirement OK Posted on Apr 29

Yesterday, in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 US 181 (2008), the US Supreme Court upheld an Indiana requirement that voters show government-issued identification at the polls. In a 6-3 split, the justices issues four separate opinions. The main opinion was written by Justice Stevens,   …Continue Reading Voter ID Requirement OK