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Early voting in the March 3rd Massachusetts primary began this morning, and Berkshire County voters were ready.

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Early voting begins Monday in Massachusetts for the state’s March 3rd presidential primaries.

Mixed Election Reaction From New York Leaders

Nov 6, 2019
Childhood sexual abuse survivor Richard Tollner meets with Governor Andrew Cuomo shortly before the Child Victims Act was to be voted on at the State Capitol.
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Reaction from New York’s politicians and political parties on this year’s election results is mixed.

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In Clinton County, New York’s northeastern-most county, the races focused on local town boards, clerks, tax collectors, highway superintendents and the like. The variety of races provided an opportunity for the Board of Elections to test the popularity of early voting at the same time it began the use of a new electronic voter check-in system.

New Yorkers Embracing First Early Voting

Nov 1, 2019
Mark Henry (left) and Election Commissioner Greg Campbell run through a mock voter processing
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More than 130,000 New Yorkers have already voted in the November elections, as part of the state’s first early voting. And those who are closely watching say so far, it’s been a largely successful rollout. 

Albany County residents cast their votes in the 2019 Election at the BOE on Russell Road.
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For the first time, you don’t have to wait until Tuesday to vote in local elections in New York. New York has joined 38 other states in allowing early voting, and people are taking the opportunity. 

League Of Women Voters Puts Out Early Voting Survey

Oct 28, 2019
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The League of Women Voters of New York has released an online survey to track voters’ experiences with early voting across the state. Early voting began Saturday.

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Clinton County Board of Elections officials are demonstrating a new election system that will be rolled out this weekend as early voting begins across New York state.

Senator Neil Breslin, D- Albany, during press conference on proposed changes to early voting laws at Unity House in Troy, October 22
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New York’s new early voting system doesn’t begin until Saturday, but some lawmakers and voting rights advocates already want changes to the law.

Officials flank NY Senator Neil Breslin at Unity House in Troy.
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Concerns over lack of an early voting site in Troy, New York have led to a push for new state legislation.

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A third attempt by Democrats on the Rensselaer County legislature to establish an early voting site in the county’s largest community has been defeated along party lines.


This fall, New Yorkers will have their first ever opportunity to vote early in November’s elections. Polls will be open a full 10 days before the November 5 Election Day — but the logistics will vary depending on where you live.

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With the record-long government shutdown in its second month, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says his county is feeling the effect. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Molinaro about those impacts, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state of the state address and whether he’ll seek another term as county executive.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses New York's 19th Congressional district and the debate being held by WAMC today at 1 p.m. Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on early voting as November's midterm elections get closer.


A record number of people are registered to vote ahead of Vermont's midterm elections.


Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting $7 million into his 30-day budget amendments to fund poll sites for early voting in New York by the 2020 presidential race.


Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing early voting in New York as part of his State of the State message, due out January 3. But a top aide to the governor says it might be awhile before the proposals could become law and take effect.

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As part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposals for the new legislative session, the Democrat aims to reform the state’s election system.  Cuomo is pushing early voting, same-day and automatic voting registration, catching New York up to surrounding states.

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Vermont is one of 37 states along with the District of Columbia that allows early voting.  The process will begin at the end of the week and election officials are urging voters to take advantage of it.  While one political party has questions about the distribution of the ballots, others say that’s just political gamesmanship.

  Countless books have been written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed. In this groundbreaking narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the VRA and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit it from the moment the act was signed into law.

Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman offers the first comprehensive history of its kind, and provides new insight into one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time.

Early Voting Pushed

Nov 23, 2015
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At a hearing held by the State Assembly on expanded voting, advocates argued that New York needs to join more than half of the other state who offer some kind of extended voting.

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Early voting is coming to Massachusetts beginning with the 2016 general election.  A coalition of election activists has released a series of recommendations for implementing the state’s new early voting law.

The Massachusetts Election Modernization Coalition includes MassPIRG, Common Cause Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts League of Women Voters. 

             WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Janet Domenitz, executive director of MassPIRG about the coalition’s recommendations.

Massachusetts has launched a new voter registration system.  People can now go online to sign up to vote, change their address for voting purposes, and switch party affiliation.

Massachusetts is the 21st state to offer online voter registration, a system Secretary of State William Galvin, the state’s top election official, said will remove one more administrative impediment to registering to vote.

NYS Assemblyman Urges Lawmakers To Pass Early Voting

Nov 17, 2014
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It has become an annual lament during post-election analysis: most Americans don’t vote. Now, one New York State Assemblyman thinks it’s time to change the election process itself, urging his fellow lawmakers to allow some form of early voting.

Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Cahill is one of several co-sponsors of a bill to allow early voting in New York.

“Any steps we could take, incremental or revolutionary, to improve voter participation are where we ought to be right now,” says Cahill.

Vermonters unable to make it to the polls on November 4 are being encouraged to vote early.

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Massachusetts, a state with a reputation for liberal politics, has what many consider outdated election laws.  That is about to change as state legislators have approved a compromise bill that includes provisions long sought by advocacy groups.

The legislation would authorize early voting up to 11 days before Election Day, create a system for online voter registration, allow 16-and 17-year- olds to pre-register to vote, and provide for postelection audits of randomly selected polling places to assure the accuracy of voting machines.

Massachusetts residents would be able to cast ballots up to 10 days before an election and register to vote on Election Day under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Massachusetts Senate Thursday.