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Best Bet

Elections Division , Mass. Secretary of State. Everything you need to know about the elections process, including how to register to vote, how to vote by absentee ballot, how to run for office, and much more. Provides text of ballot questions.

Massachusetts Laws

Massachusetts Regulations

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Post-election Audit Procedures
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Early Voting
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Ballot Question Petitions
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Confidential Voter Registration
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Voting Equipment
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Polling Place Accessibility
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Voting and Counting Procedures For Paper Ballots
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Voting and Counting Procedures for Voting Machines
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Voting and Counting Procedures for Electronic Voting Systems
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Certification of Nomination Papers and Petitions
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Administrative Proceedings Concerning Practices of Local Election Officials
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Voter Registration
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Central Registry of Voters
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State Ballot Law Commission: Adjudicatory Proceedings
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Voting Equipment Loan Fund
970 CMR 1.01-4.15: Campaign Finance Activities

Selected Case Law

Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission links to PDF file , 558 US 310 (2010). 
Campaign Finance. The ruling concerns 2 UCS 441(b), contributions by banks, corporations and unions. The decision removes limits on independent expenditures that are not coordinated with candidates' campaigns. It leaves in place a prohibition on direct contributions to candidates from corporations and unions. Disclaimer and disclosure requirements were held to be valid restrictions.

Crawford v. Marion County Election Board , 553 US 181, 128 S.Ct. 1610 (April 28,2008)
In a 6-3 split, the US Supreme Court upheld an Indiana requirement that voters show government-issued identification at the polls

Libertarian Association of Mass. v. Secretary of the Commonwealth , 462 Mass. 538 (2012)
Substitution of candidate. "This case involves the proper interpretation of a Massachusetts election law that governs the filling of a vacancy where a candidate nominated for "state, city or town office" withdraws, dies, or otherwise becomes ineligible prior to an election."

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission links to PDF file , 572 US __ (2014). Removes cap on total amount an individual can contribute to federal candidates.

Political Parties

Web Sources

  • Candidate's Guide to Special Elections , Mass. Secretary of State Elections Division
    "This guide is intended for use by candidates running in special elections to fill vacancies in the U.S. House, Senate, state Senate and state House of Representatives."
  • Federal Election Commission . Administering and Enforcing Federal Campaign Finance Laws.
    Includes a searchable database of who is giving what to whom, and guidance in satisfying filing requirements
  • Mass. Office of Campaign and Political Finance
    Includes forms and guidance for filing under the campaign finance law, as well as instructions for obtaining public documents from the office
  • State Felon Voting Laws , ProCon.org
    Chart "provides links to each state's laws on felon voting and places each US state within one of five categories ranging from harshest (may lose vote permanently) to least restrictive (may vote while in prison). Applications for re-enfranchisement and clemency have been provided for the states which require them."
  • State Ballot Question Petitions links to PDF file , Mass. Secretary of State Elections Division, 2017
    How to get a question on the ballot.
  • Voting as an Ex-Offender , Nonprofit Vote.org
    "This is a short up-to-date state guide to voting for ex-offenders."
  • Where Do I Vote? , Mass. Secretary of State
    Find your polling place in Massachusetts

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Last update: February 6, 2017

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