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Massachusetts Law About Elections and Voting

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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.

Massachusetts Laws

Massachusetts Regulations

Selected Case Law

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. New!

Political Parties

Directory of All Parties and Designations

Massachusetts Democratic Party

Massachusetts Republican Party

Other Web Sources

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, 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.

Print Sources

America votes! : a guide to modern election law and voting rights, American Bar Association, 2008.

Massachusetts Election Administration, Campaign Finance and Lobbying Law, MCLE, 2008.