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Decision Certification of Mandated Early Voting Costs in the 2016 Election

Date: 01/08/2018
Organization: Division of Local Mandates
Referenced Sources: Chapter 110 of the Acts of 2017

Pursuant to Chapter 110 of the Acts of 2017, the FY17 Final Supplemental Budget, the Division of Local Mandates within the Office of the State Auditor has certified expenses for the 351 cities and towns of the Commonwealth from the early voting period of 2016. The legislative action followed to the mandate determination issued by my office in February 2017 which found portions of the early voting law imposed unfunded mandates on our municipalities. I have certified that municipalities spent a total of $1,063,978.14 for the mandated early voting costs related to the general election held in the fall of 2016. I ask that you fund this amount in an upcoming supplemental budget.

In order to compile and certify this total, my office sent an electronic survey to the 351 city and town clerks asking specific questions about the expenditures they incurred to meet the requirements of the law. As you may recall, the law called on municipalities to offer early voting during normal business hours during a 12 day period in October 2016. Our mandate determination found additional expenses, such as overtime for regular employees or the cost of additional election workers to support early voting, to be an unfunded mandate, thus requiring reimbursement from the Commonwealth. These carefully examined expenses are within the total cited above.

In preparation for the 2016 general election, the legislature appropriated $400,000 to the Secretary of the Commonwealth to support early voting. The Secretary used most of that total to support additional hours for voting beyond what was required by the law over the weekend of October 29 and 30, 2016. Those optional expenditures are not included in the totals. Moreover, the Secretary provided grants to offset costs of equipment used to support early voting. Those expenses that the Secretary reimbursed through grants are also not counted in our total. This process accounts for the expenses for 2016. We want to work with you to set out the process for 2018 and the general elections in the future. We have made suggestions to the proper committees as to legislative language we recommend.

Contact for Certification of Mandated Early Voting Costs in the 2016 Election

Division of Local Mandates

Certified City and Town Costs

 Municipality  Total Mandated Cost 
 ABINGTON  2,956.25
 ACTON  1,235.00
 ACUSHNET  4,876.22
 ADAMS  430.00
 AGAWAM  4,878.00
 ALFORD  0.00
 AMESBURY  4,774.61
 AMHERST  3,896.75
 ANDOVER  5,562.38
 AQUINNAH  0.00
 ARLINGTON  22,034.64
 ASHBURNHAM  455.00
 ASHBY  814.20
 ASHFIELD  0.00
 ASHLAND  1,755.00
 ATHOL  4,831.00
 ATTLEBORO  6,739.13
 AUBURN  1,494.00
 AVON  89.40
 AYER  600.00
 BARNSTABLE  11,114.00
 BARRE  3,435.22
 BECKET  70.00
 BEDFORD  3,820.00
 BELCHERTOWN  712.71
 BELLINGHAM  5,200.50
 BELMONT  8,186.14
 BERKLEY  855.47
 BERLIN  40.00
 BERNARDSTON  170.00
 BEVERLY  4,842.79
 BILLERICA  4,819.35
 BLACKSTONE  1,550.63
 BLANDFORD  0.00
 BOLTON  731.45
 BOSTON  49,400.00
 BOURNE  3,728.00
 BOXBOROUGH  411.64
 BOXFORD  697.00
 BOYLSTON  0.00
 BRAINTREE  5,670.00
 BREWSTER  2,618.00
 BRIDGEWATER  3,969.00
 BRIMFIELD  104.90
 BROCKTON  2,128.80
 BROOKFIELD  0.00
 BROOKLINE  20,124.26
 BUCKLAND  102.00
 BURLINGTON  5,562.82
 CAMBRIDGE  12,132.62
 CANTON  1,723.54
 CARLISLE  1,752.16
 CARVER  2,449.82
 CHARLEMONT  0.00
 CHARLTON  297.00
 CHATHAM  264.00
 CHELMSFORD  15,864.25
 CHELSEA  0.00
 CHESHIRE  483.12
 CHESTER  408.26
 CHESTERFIELD  341.00
 CHICOPEE  1,215.00
 CHILMARK  494.80
 CLARKSBURG  120.00
 CLINTON  1,320.00
 COHASSET  2,297.80
 COLRAIN  0.00
 CONCORD  3,427.59
 CONWAY  176.00
 CUMMINGTON  0.00
 DALTON  0.00
 DANVERS  4,654.63
 DARTMOUTH  2,904.65
 DEDHAM  3,929.00
 DEERFIELD  600.00
 DENNIS  5,380.00
 DIGHTON  2,365.70
 DOUGLAS  168.00
 DOVER  443.11
 DRACUT  2,349.79
 DUDLEY  1,075.00
 DUNSTABLE  660.00
 DUXBURY  5,018.95
 EAST BRIDGEWATER  1,827.13
 EAST BROOKFIELD  410.50
 EAST LONGMEADOW  3,173.52
 EASTHAM  1,589.00
 EASTHAMPTON  1,862.50
 EASTON  840.00
 EDGARTOWN  1,002.01
 EGREMONT  0.00
 ERVING  880.00
 ESSEX  1,873.28
 EVERETT  6,090.00
 FAIRHAVEN  5,992.19
 FALL RIVER  21,380.00
 FALMOUTH  6,955.71
 FITCHBURG  15,722.66
 FLORIDA  180.00
 FOXBOROUGH  1,820.62
 FRAMINGHAM  6,583.60
 FRANKLIN  7,297.27
 FREETOWN  2,074.84
 GARDNER  4,220.33
 GEORGETOWN  2,731.80
 GILL  0.00
 GLOUCESTER  2,540.71
 GOSHEN  240.68
 GOSNOLD  84.00
 GRAFTON  4,049.17
 GRANBY  1,890.00
 GRANVILLE  0.00
 GREAT BARRINGTON  740.00
 GREENFIELD  298.55
 GROTON  1,173.60
 GROVELAND  0.00
 HADLEY  422.25
 HALIFAX  102.95
 HAMILTON  1,800.00
 HAMPDEN  1,914.25
 HANCOCK  0.00
 HANOVER  11,517.62
 HANSON  1,726.71
 HARDWICK  954.75
 HARVARD  0.00
 HARWICH  6,170.20
 HATFIELD  1,276.32
 HAVERHILL  8,834.12
 HAWLEY  0.00
 HEATH  908.00
 HINGHAM  372.00
 HINSDALE  0.00
 HOLBROOK  4,584.90
 HOLDEN  0.00
 HOLLAND  0.00
 HOLLISTON  2,535.39
 HOLYOKE  1,796.00
 HOPEDALE  1,329.00
 HOPKINTON  3,233.66
 HUBBARDSTON  870.00
 HUDSON  3,824.63
 HULL  1,956.00
 HUNTINGTON  176.00
 IPSWICH  4,409.00
 KINGSTON  1,234.84
 LAKEVILLE  1,987.50
 LANCASTER  239.84
 LANESBOROUGH  410.00
 LAWRENCE  2,721.88
 LEE  0.00
 LEICESTER  1,373.24
 LENOX  1,510.43
 LEOMINSTER  4,173.73
 LEVERETT  150.65
 LEXINGTON  10,301.21
 LEYDEN  90.00
 LINCOLN  1,709.24
 LITTLETON  3,980.00
 LONGMEADOW  5,253.88
 LOWELL  6,477.62
 LUDLOW  1,283.53
 LUNENBURG  720.00
 LYNN  16,668.00
 LYNNFIELD  1,819.70
 MALDEN  7,317.15
 MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA  266.00
 MANSFIELD  4,316.49
 MARBLEHEAD  1,454.24
 MARION  570.00
 MARLBOROUGH  0.00
 MARSHFIELD  6,895.00
 MASHPEE  1,575.72
 MATTAPOISETT  728.87
 MAYNARD  3,720.00
 MEDFIELD  3,012.50
 MEDFORD  25,900.00
 MEDWAY  2,448.00
 MELROSE  5,585.00
 MENDON  3,335.00
 MERRIMAC  3,627.00
 METHUEN  5,197.20
 MIDDLEBOROUGH  5,409.47
 MIDDLEFIELD  0.00
 MIDDLETON  3,248.05
 MILFORD  3,734.40
 MILLBURY  2,250.00
 MILLIS  2,827.70
 MILLVILLE  0.00
 MILTON  10,905.00
 MONROE  0.00
 MONSON  110.00
 MONTAGUE  899.00
 MONTEREY  488.00
 MONTGOMERY  0.00
 MOUNT WASHINGTON  0.00
 NAHANT  730.00
 NANTUCKET  4,627.00
 NATICK  8,907.58
 NEEDHAM  4,950.00
 NEW ASHFORD  120.00
 NEW BEDFORD  22,400.00
 NEW BRAINTREE  17.00
 NEW MARLBOROUGH  832.00
 NEW SALEM  0.00
 NEWBURY  866.53
 NEWBURYPORT  2,740.00
 NEWTON  9,954.10
 NORFOLK  180.00
 NORTH ADAMS  0.00
 NORTH ANDOVER  3,645.00
 NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH  7,204.31
 NORTH BROOKFIELD  0.00
 NORTH READING  6,620.45
 NORTHAMPTON  0.00
 NORTHBOROUGH  3,645.00
 NORTHBRIDGE  700.30
 NORTHFIELD  930.00
 NORTON  1,580.00
 NORWELL  2,725.26
 NORWOOD  6,186.90
 OAK BLUFFS  1,712.30
 OAKHAM  61.00
 ORANGE  2,200.00
 ORLEANS  798.53
 OTIS  0.00
 OXFORD  1,182.05
 PALMER  0.00
 PAXTON  600.43
 PEABODY  4,531.92
 PELHAM  314.00
 PEMBROKE  1,466.31
 PEPPERELL  516.38
 PERU  0.00
 PETERSHAM  0.00
 PHILLIPSTON  577.39
 PITTSFIELD  0.00
 PLAINFIELD  180.00
 PLAINVILLE  1,434.25
 PLYMOUTH  9,066.75
 PLYMPTON  530.44
 PRINCETON  653.64
 PROVINCETOWN  92.53
 QUINCY  25,880.00
 RANDOLPH  4,640.18
 RAYNHAM  3,889.11
 READING  4,119.40
 REHOBOTH  2,901.15
 REVERE  14,410.00
 RICHMOND  184.99
 ROCHESTER  1,140.00
 ROCKLAND  3,024.00
 ROCKPORT  2,963.88
 ROWE  432.00
 ROWLEY  579.89
 ROYALSTON  0.00
 RUSSELL  0.00
 RUTLAND  495.00
 SALEM  6,484.00
 SALISBURY  1,402.40
 SANDISFIELD  1,483.20
 SANDWICH  1,797.52
 SAUGUS  0.00
 SAVOY  75.00
 SCITUATE  1,533.59
 SEEKONK  4,145.00
 SHARON  13,783.75
 SHEFFIELD  415.32
 SHELBURNE  0.00
 SHERBORN  1,417.62
 SHIRLEY  2,175.00
 SHREWSBURY  7,127.23
 SHUTESBURY  0.00
 SOMERSET  4,720.13
 SOMERVILLE  8,509.48
 SOUTH HADLEY  4,237.00
 SOUTHAMPTON  150.36
 SOUTHBOROUGH  5,043.00
 SOUTHBRIDGE  825.00
 SOUTHWICK  1,348.50
 SPENCER  1,072.20
 SPRINGFIELD  14,042.40
 STERLING  2,309.00
 STOCKBRIDGE  0.00
 STONEHAM  1,289.74
 STOUGHTON  2,550.00
 STOW  3,510.95
 STURBRIDGE  320.00
 SUDBURY  11,446.00
 SUNDERLAND  0.00
 SUTTON  775.00
 SWAMPSCOTT  2,026.30
 SWANSEA  6,741.05
 TAUNTON  3,996.12
 TEMPLETON  0.00
 TEWKSBURY  5,572.56
 TISBURY  844.00
 TOLLAND  484.00
 TOPSFIELD  291.40
 TOWNSEND  1,967.16
 TRURO  0.00
 TYNGSBOROUGH  630.00
 TYRINGHAM  0.00
 UPTON  1,180.00
 UXBRIDGE  400.20
 WAKEFIELD  0.00
 WALES  18.00
 WALPOLE  6,919.60
 WALTHAM  7,219.42
 WARE  1,374.65
 WAREHAM  1,628.40
 WARREN  1,726.19
 WARWICK  285.00
 WASHINGTON  160.00
 WATERTOWN  2,757.62
 WAYLAND  6,917.73
 WEBSTER  1,190.00
 WELLESLEY  4,294.00
 WELLFLEET  0.00
 WENDELL  0.00
 WENHAM  320.00
 WEST BOYLSTON  8,579.89
 WEST BRIDGEWATER  583.14
 WEST BROOKFIELD  635.47
 WEST NEWBURY  1,484.25
 WEST SPRINGFIELD  1,192.50
 WEST STOCKBRIDGE  0.00
 WEST TISBURY  0.00
 WESTBOROUGH  7,011.50
 WESTFIELD  5,705.53
 WESTFORD  5,842.65
 WESTHAMPTON  0.00
 WESTMINSTER  848.54
 WESTON  2,211.93
 WESTPORT  1,050.00
 WESTWOOD  3,031.00
 WEYMOUTH  5,498.96
 WHATELY  0.00
 WHITMAN  4,421.05
 WILBRAHAM  4,010.60
 WILLIAMSBURG  900.00
 WILLIAMSTOWN  387.00
 WILMINGTON  2,994.60
 WINCHENDON  1,108.45
 WINCHESTER  8,450.00
 WINDSOR  0.00
 WINTHROP  1,260.00
 WOBURN  7,761.68
 WORCESTER  26,640.00
 WORTHINGTON  208.00
 WRENTHAM  1,080.00
 YARMOUTH  2,046.26
TOTAL 1,063,978.14

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