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Decision Certification of Mandated Early Voting Costs in the 2018 Election

Date: 01/10/2019
Organization: Division of Local Mandates
Referenced Sources: Chapter 273 of the Acts of 2018

Pursuant to Chapter 273 of the Acts of 2018, an FY18 Supplemental Budget, the Division of Local Mandates within the Office of the State Auditor was asked by your office to certify expenses for all cities and towns of the Commonwealth from the early voting period of 2018. I am pleased to report that, after compiling and reviewing responses from each of our 351 municipalities, we are certifying a total of $1,144,156.22 for the mandated early voting costs related to the general election held in the fall of 2018. The detailed amounts for each community are shown in the attached spreadsheet.

In order to compile and certify this total, my office sent an electronic survey to elections officials (primarily city and town clerks) in all 351 municipalities, asking them specific questions about the expenditures they incurred to meet the requirements of the early voting law. As you may recall, that law called on municipalities to offer early voting during normal business hours during a 12-day period in October 2018. Our mandate determination found that some additional expenses – such as overtime for regular employees or the cost of additional election workers – incurred to support early voting, constituted an unfunded mandate, thus requiring reimbursement from the Commonwealth. These expenses, having been electronically submitted and carefully examined by our Division of Local Mandates, comprise the total cited above.

In preparation for the 2018 general election, the legislature appropriated $2,500,000 for your office to dispense to municipalities to support early voting. In part because you have already provided some funding for communities that offered additional voting hours over the weekend of October 27 and 28, 2018 (beyond the minimum hours specified by the law), our analysis did not include those costs, nor are those optional expenditures included in the totals attached today.

This process accounts for the expenses for 2018. We now look forward to working with you as the Commonwealth develops a formal, ongoing procedure for covering these local costs for state-mandated early voting in 2020 and beyond. We have already made suggestions to the proper committees for recommended legislative language and we will continue to cooperate with your office on information obtained in this year’s election and certification process that can lead to even better outcomes in the future.

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Certified City and Town Costs

Municipality Total Mandated Cost
ABINGTON 706.00
ACTON 1470.00
ACUSHNET 4843.08
ADAMS 300.00
AGAWAM 1290.10
ALFORD 0.00
AMESBURY 4298.15
AMHERST 5088.22
ANDOVER 10569.10
AQUINNAH 0.00
ARLINGTON 30481.33
ASHBURNHAM 750.00
ASHBY 298.62
ASHFIELD 0.00
ASHLAND 5431.38
ATHOL 3360.00
ATTLEBORO 9638.27
AUBURN 1600.00
AVON 125.65
AYER 1166.00
BARNSTABLE 5947.87
BARRE 3981.00
BECKET 0.00
BEDFORD 3862.50
BELCHERTOWN 701.04
BELLINGHAM 4326.42
BELMONT 9543.96
BERKLEY 740.60
BERLIN 234.01
BERNARDSTON 220.00
BEVERLY 7349.16
BILLERICA 14330.58
BLACKSTONE 1346.57
BLANDFORD 253.00
BOLTON 470.00
BOSTON 41085.50
BOURNE 12111.93
BOXBOROUGH 1033.16
BOXFORD 3136.06
BOYLSTON 476.78
BRAINTREE 6633.00
BREWSTER 2058.00
BRIDGEWATER 8166.15
BRIMFIELD 887.25
BROCKTON 12811.18
BROOKFIELD 0.00
BROOKLINE 20990.50
BUCKLAND 465.00
BURLINGTON 5878.81
CAMBRIDGE 10215.06
CANTON 899.82
CARLISLE 4096.48
CARVER 2671.69
CHARLEMONT 0.00
CHARLTON 1698.50
CHATHAM 924.00
CHELMSFORD 7822.37
CHELSEA 0.00
CHESHIRE 228.00
CHESTER 507.21
CHESTERFIELD 208.08
CHICOPEE 8968.45
CHILMARK 500.00
CLARKSBURG 99.00
CLINTON 4310.00
COHASSET 3210.04
COLRAIN 420.00
CONCORD 4720.30
CONWAY 165.60
CUMMINGTON 0.00
DALTON 0.00
DANVERS 4893.60
DARTMOUTH 4199.75
DEDHAM 3065.50
DEERFIELD 90.00
DENNIS 4160.39
DIGHTON 3326.03
DOUGLAS 0.00
DOVER 919.10
DRACUT 280.00
DUDLEY 591.00
DUNSTABLE 434.50
DUXBURY 8576.40
EAST BRIDGEWATER 2015.40
EAST BROOKFIELD 233.20
EAST LONGMEADOW 3178.45
EASTHAM 1812.50
EASTHAMPTON 1693.63
EASTON 5303.51
EDGARTOWN 1149.68
EGREMONT 66.00
ERVING 880.00
ESSEX 131.16
EVERETT 9350.00
FAIRHAVEN 7007.00
FALL RIVER 14954.80
FALMOUTH 6228.00
FITCHBURG 10586.58
FLORIDA 120.00
FOXBOROUGH 4856.04
FRAMINGHAM 11023.00
FRANKLIN 3870.06
FREETOWN 1929.56
GARDNER 4896.23
GEORGETOWN 2917.00
GILL 258.56
GLOUCESTER 3125.56
GOSHEN 261.52
GOSNOLD 0.00
GRAFTON 5581.05
GRANBY 2340.00
GRANVILLE 0.00
GREAT BARRINGTON 0.00
GREENFIELD 414.00
GROTON 1922.42
GROVELAND 0.00
HADLEY 703.15
HALIFAX 0.00
HAMILTON 2834.22
HAMPDEN 1321.88
HANCOCK 0.00
HANOVER 8432.67
HANSON 1526.02
HARDWICK 792.90
HARVARD 0.00
HARWICH 2315.40
HATFIELD 1370.39
HAVERHILL 11408.51
HAWLEY 0.00
HEATH 0.00
HINGHAM 5929.00
HINSDALE 33.00
HOLBROOK 4044.00
HOLDEN 699.14
HOLLAND 0.00
HOLLISTON 1112.19
HOLYOKE 1000.00
HOPEDALE 1667.85
HOPKINTON 3046.56
HUBBARDSTON 572.00
HUDSON 3251.25
HULL 3376.00
HUNTINGTON 0.00
IPSWICH 6923.40
KINGSTON 1840.00
LAKEVILLE 2599.60
LANCASTER 379.00
LANESBOROUGH 529.75
LAWRENCE 8417.63
LEE 869.00
LEICESTER 2158.65
LENOX 1736.95
LEOMINSTER 14588.75
LEVERETT 129.04
LEXINGTON 9623.65
LEYDEN 66.00
LINCOLN 1446.00
LITTLETON 6602.30
LONGMEADOW 3631.58
LOWELL 7487.82
LUDLOW 1426.16
LUNENBURG 2188.00
LYNN 11999.90
LYNNFIELD 2739.00
MALDEN 3972.42
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA 1697.50
MANSFIELD 5632.04
MARBLEHEAD 312.72
MARION 1283.45
MARLBOROUGH 4425.20
MARSHFIELD 7397.28
MASHPEE 198.05
MATTAPOISETT 983.71
MAYNARD 2057.00
MEDFIELD 0.00
MEDFORD 16881.00
MEDWAY 2557.40
MELROSE 2795.69
MENDON 2376.50
MERRIMAC 6169.80
METHUEN 1577.00
MIDDLEBOROUGH 7772.85
MIDDLEFIELD 0.00
MIDDLETON 5252.37
MILFORD 2266.46
MILLBURY 1985.50
MILLIS 6326.56
MILLVILLE 0.00
MILTON 15293.90
MONROE 0.00
MONSON 156.05
MONTAGUE 407.88
MONTEREY 72.00
MONTGOMERY 0.00
MOUNT WASHINGTON 0.00
NAHANT 1014.11
NANTUCKET 3402.72
NATICK 8214.95
NEEDHAM 6370.69
NEW ASHFORD 90.00
NEW BEDFORD 9620.96
NEW BRAINTREE 0.00
NEW MARLBOROUGH 288.00
NEW SALEM 0.00
NEWBURY 592.68
NEWBURYPORT 3336.07
NEWTON 8673.27
NORFOLK 0.00
NORTH ADAMS 0.00
NORTH ANDOVER 7949.00
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH 4508.90
NORTH BROOKFIELD 165.00
NORTH READING 5506.24
NORTHAMPTON 6960.00
NORTHBOROUGH 6434.00
NORTHBRIDGE 2180.63
NORTHFIELD 0.00
NORTON 2172.27
NORWELL 2751.38
NORWOOD 4496.14
OAK BLUFFS 2484.50
OAKHAM 217.50
ORANGE 808.50
ORLEANS 979.04
OTIS 879.87
OXFORD 3827.33
PALMER 0.00
PAXTON 422.50
PEABODY 3120.00
PELHAM 331.00
PEMBROKE 6066.21
PEPPERELL 1161.00
PERU 343.00
PETERSHAM 0.00
PHILLIPSTON 178.00
PITTSFIELD 980.57
PLAINFIELD 0.00
PLAINVILLE 1958.00
PLYMOUTH 7711.00
PLYMPTON 1154.46
PRINCETON 422.76
PROVINCETOWN 0.00
QUINCY 21601.12
RANDOLPH 5878.00
RAYNHAM 5127.38
READING 4948.47
REHOBOTH 3725.37
REVERE 9856.48
RICHMOND 0.00
ROCHESTER 286.00
ROCKLAND 629.72
ROCKPORT 330.00
ROWE 0.00
ROWLEY 302.40
ROYALSTON 44.00
RUSSELL 88.00
RUTLAND 3059.00
SALEM 6937.76
SALISBURY 1895.00
SANDISFIELD 2795.00
SANDWICH 1718.00
SAUGUS 1644.00
SAVOY 0.00
SCITUATE 6615.50
SEEKONK 1960.00
SHARON 6758.18
SHEFFIELD 239.25
SHELBURNE 506.00
SHERBORN 1594.60
SHIRLEY 2112.00
SHREWSBURY 4928.93
SHUTESBURY 82.50
SOMERSET 2738.80
SOMERVILLE 16608.00
SOUTH HADLEY 2170.30
SOUTHAMPTON 355.40
SOUTHBOROUGH 2839.62
SOUTHBRIDGE 3753.60
SOUTHWICK 1362.63
SPENCER 1936.44
SPRINGFIELD 10402.74
STERLING 1925.00
STOCKBRIDGE 0.00
STONEHAM 4162.50
STOUGHTON 5197.44
STOW 2416.99
STURBRIDGE 258.50
SUDBURY 8621.34
SUNDERLAND 480.00
SUTTON 1000.94
SWAMPSCOTT 6820.30
SWANSEA 5313.56
TAUNTON 4090.28
TEMPLETON 154.00
TEWKSBURY 3548.34
TISBURY 1334.50
TOLLAND 358.00
TOPSFIELD 614.10
TOWNSEND 1818.24
TRURO 0.00
TYNGSBOROUGH 1391.50
TYRINGHAM 0.00
UPTON 1105.00
UXBRIDGE 642.96
WAKEFIELD 0.00
WALES 0.00
WALPOLE 6556.82
WALTHAM 6856.40
WARE 3137.33
WAREHAM 4064.49
WARREN 608.33
WARWICK 0.00
WASHINGTON 0.00
WATERTOWN 3701.75
WAYLAND 7061.00
WEBSTER 770.00
WELLESLEY 3975.00
WELLFLEET 0.00
WENDELL 0.00
WENHAM 451.00
WEST BOYLSTON 3647.03
WEST BRIDGEWATER 1116.07
WEST BROOKFIELD 254.76
WEST NEWBURY 2375.88
WEST SPRINGFIELD 2795.90
WEST STOCKBRIDGE 0.00
WEST TISBURY 0.00
WESTBOROUGH 6377.74
WESTFIELD 4332.77
WESTFORD 2227.85
WESTHAMPTON 0.00
WESTMINSTER 0.00
WESTON 4955.60
WESTPORT 1830.40
WESTWOOD 3948.00
WEYMOUTH 1884.94
WHATELY 0.00
WHITMAN 5727.98
WILBRAHAM 6868.71
WILLIAMSBURG 1413.50
WILLIAMSTOWN 621.50
WILMINGTON 9544.50
WINCHENDON 0.00
WINCHESTER 4919.00
WINDSOR 33.00
WINTHROP 4320.00
WOBURN 12963.02
WORCESTER 28465.00
WORTHINGTON 728.00
WRENTHAM 2739.00
YARMOUTH 2597.67
Total 1144156.22

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