Election Cost Certifications

The Division of Local Mandates certifies a selection of municipalities’ election expenses, including three hours of mandated Election Day expenses under the Uniform Polling Hours law, and allowable early voting costs.

Since 1984, DLM is charged under law to certify expenses for the first three hours of Election Day operations every two years ahead of state elections, including presidential primaries. In addition, the Legislature directs DLM to certify costs related to in-person early voting and vote-by-mail; these reimbursements have evolved over time since the Auditor’s 2017 mandate determination.

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1 Winter St., 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02108




Massachusetts State House, Room 230, Boston, MA 02133


(617) 727-3014

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