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Massachusetts voting laws

a map of a state senate district in western Massachusetts
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   Elections are being postponed in Massachusetts because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A "vote here" sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk

    The idea of lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 has been floated by some lawmakers, but it does not have much popular support in Massachusetts, according to a new survey by the Western New England University Polling Institute.

A "vote here" sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk

Hundreds of thousands of new voters could be added in Massachusetts as a result of Gov. Charlie Baker recently signing into law an automatic voter registration bill.

Municipalities have been wrestling with when to hold preliminary elections to avoid conflicts with Jewish holy days that fall on three consecutive Tuesdays in September.  The largest city in western Massachusetts will hold its preliminary election a week earlier than originally scheduled.

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.

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Massachusetts, a state with a reputation for liberal politics, has what many consider outdated election laws.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.