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A shoe with an "I voted" sticker.
Ginny / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/ginnerobot

A poll came out this week that suggests Massachusetts residents are against lowering the voting age in local and national elections. As it turns out, our Short List panelists aren't so hot on it either.

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

Updated at 3:02 p.m.

Officials in some Massachusetts communities, including Northampton and Holyoke, have pushed to lower the voting age for local elections to 16.

The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts regulators have fined MGM Springfield $100,000 for falling short in its efforts to keep people under 21 from gambling or drinking alcohol.

A school bus.
Holyoke Public Schools

Massachusetts high school seniors in the class of 2019 are the first ever to be eligible for a Seal of Biliteracy, part of the state's sweeping bilingual education revamp two years ago.

The Hampshire College Library Lawn in Amherst was a busy place Saturday morning. By 10 a.m. most of the school’s 295 graduates were lined up just outside a large white tent, getting ready for the ceremony.

“I’m scared. I’m sad. It’s bittersweet,” said astrophysics major Andy Cohn, who was putting the finishing touches on a bright blue graduation cap decorated with googly eyes in the shape of a galaxy.

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