Massachusetts Law About Elections and Voting
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.
- St.2014, c.111 Election Laws. Establishes an online portal for voter registration, effective August 2015, and allows early voting, effective August 2016.
- St. 2014, c.210 Campaign Finance Disclosure. Increases individual campaign contribution limits for state candidates and requires additional disclosures for super PACs.
- St.2010, c.229 National Popular Vote Bill. If enough states ratify the agreement, changes the way presidential electors are selected.
- St.2009, c.92 Allows Governor to appoint an Interim Senator.
- MGL c.10, s.42, State Election Campaign Fund
- MGL c. 50, Elections, General Provisions
- MGL c. 51, Voters and Registration
- MGL c. 52, Political Committees
- MGL c. 53, Nominations, Primaries, Initiatives
- MGL c. 54, Wards, Voting Districts and Voting
- MGL c. 55, Campaign Finance and Disclosure
- 950 CMR 48 Ballot Question Petitions
- 950 CMR 49 Confidential Voter Registration
- 950 CMR 50 Voting Equipment
- 950 CMR 51 Polling Place Accessibility
- 950 CMR 52 Voting and Counting Procedures For Paper Ballots
- 950 CMR 53 Voting and Counting Procedures for Voting Machines
- 950 CMR 54 Voting and Counting Procedures for Electronic Voting Systems
- 950 CMR 55 Certification of Nomination Papers and Petitions
- 950 CMR 56 Administrative Proceedings Concerning Practices of Local Election Officials
- 950 CMR 57 Voter Registration
- 950 CMR 58 Central Registry of Voters
- 950 CMR 59 State Ballot Law Commission: Adjudicatory Proceedings
- 950 CMR 60 Voting Equipment Loan Fund
- 970 CMR 1.01-4.15: Campaign Finance Activities
Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, 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, 572 US __ (2014). Removes cap on total amount an individual can contribute to federal candidates.
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. Governor Deval Patrick Signs Early Voting Into Law, Masslive.com. Provides an overview of the provisions of the May 2014 Election Reform Law.
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.
America votes! : a guide to modern election law and voting rights, American Bar Association, 2008.