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APRIL 2020

• Massachusetts: Democratic Secretary of State Bill Galvin announced he is drafting legislation to enable no-excuse mail voting for the September state primary and to expand mail voting for the November general election with the aim of releasing the proposal in May. The heavily Democratic state legislature would need to pass Galvin’s plan for it to take effect. Galvin, though, said he opposed automatically mailing ballots to all registered voters despite some Democrats calling on the state to do so.

MARCH 2020

• Massachusetts: Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill that gives towns the ability to reschedule any local election that was set to take place by May 30 to as late as June 30. The measure also allows all voters to request an absentee mail ballot for these elections (Massachusetts normally requires an excuse to vote absentee).

• Massachusetts: Massachusetts lawmakers have postponed four legislative special elections that were set for March 31. Two races for the state Senate will now take place on May 19, while two for the state House will happen on June 2. In addition, the legislature passed a new bill on Monday that would give towns the ability to reschedule any local election that was set to take place by May 30 to as late as June 30. The measure would also allow all voters to request a mail ballot (Massachusetts normally requires an excuse to vote absentee). The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker for his signature.

JANUARY 2020

• Massachusetts: An initiative to adopt instant-runoff voting in state and congressional elections has cleared the next hurdle in its path to becoming law. After organizers turned in more than 65,000 valid signatures, the initiative will go to the Democratic-run state legislature, which can either pass it and negate the need for it to appear on the ballot, or reject it. If legislators don't pass the proposal, supporters would need to submit just over 13,000 more signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

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