ELECTIONS

Stay informed with local, regional and national election coverage.

The polling place at Falcetti Towers in Holyoke, Mass., saw light turnout on Sept. 26, 2017, for a preliminary election for mayor.
Sam Hudzik / NEPR

Massachusetts on Thursday became the 14th state in the country to adopt an automatic voter registration system, according to Secretary of State William Galvin and advocates who backed the measure. 

Updated at 9:38 p.m. ET

The Justice Department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday with a litany of alleged offenses related to Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails, state election systems and other targets in 2016.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who announced the indictments, said the Russians involved belonged to the military intelligence service GRU. They are accused of a sustained cyberattack against Democratic Party targets, including its campaign committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Auto Voter Registration Bill Could Soon Reach Massachusetts Governor

Jul 12, 2018
Several rows of sign-holders greet voters as they drove down the driveway to White Brook Middle School in Easthampton.
Sam Hudzik / NEPR

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday intended to encourage more participation in elections by enrolling voters when they interact with the Registry of Motor Vehicles or MassHealth -- unless they opt out. 

The U.S. Supreme Court.
MattWade / Creative Commons / commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:MattWade

There was a flury of action this week involving the U.S. Supreme Court. One ruling handed down this week attracted attention in Massachusetts and elsewhere, involving payments to unions. 

It was a big night for supporters of ranked-choice voting. 

On Tuesday, Maine primary voters will participate in a ranked-choice voting experiment so unprecedented that the state’s top election official sometimes compares what’s about to happen to a perilous space mission.

Updated 6:34 p.m. ET

An ideologically split U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld Ohio's controversial "use-it-or-lose-it" voting law by a 5-to-4 margin. The law allows the state to strike voters from the registration rolls if they fail to return a mailed address confirmation form, and don't vote for another four years, or two federal election cycles.

Failure to vote

Connecticut is poised to commit its electoral votes to whichever U.S. presidential candidate wins the nation's popular vote — regardless of who wins the state.

By embracing the plan, Connecticut's General Assembly gave new momentum to a push to change the way Americans elect their president.

Hadley, Mass., To Weigh In On A Ranked-Choice Voting System

May 2, 2018
The town hall in Hadley, Massachusetts.
John Phelan / Creative Commons

Hadley, Massachusetts, residents will soon decide whether to adopt a new voting system. 

At town hall in Amherst, Mass., elections officials says the unofficial result is that a measure to change how the town is governed was approved Tuesday by voters
John Phelan / Creative Commons / commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Faolin42

The majority of residents in Amherst, Massachusetts, voted Tuesday to to put an end to their centuries-old Town Meeting and adopt a new form of government.

Pages