Massachusetts elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Massachusetts held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda Preview Article
U.S. House (9 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State Senate (40 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (160 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (3 measures) Approveda -

2012 Elections

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Elections by type

See also: United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012
U.S. Senate, Massachusetts General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Warren 53.3% 1,696,346
     Republican Scott Brown Incumbent 45.8% 1,458,048
     N/A All Others 0.1% 2,159
     N/A Blank Votes 0.9% 27,643
Total Votes 3,184,196
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"
See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintained partisan control in the state senate.

Massachusetts State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 35 36
     Republican Party 4 4
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 40 40

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintained partisan control in the state house.

Massachusetts House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 127 131
     Republican Party 33 29
Total 160 160
See also: Massachusetts 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Question 1 Business Deals with vehicle owner and business protections in the state. Approveda
IndISS Question 2 Assisted death Would establish an "Act Relative to Death with Dignity." Defeatedd
IndISS Question 3 Marijuana Would allow for the use of medical marijuana in the state. Approveda
See also: Political recall efforts and Recall campaigns in Massachusetts


In Bridgewater, Massachusetts, a long-delayed recall election was held to determine whether town councilors Mike Demos and Peter Riordan could keep their seats.[1] The Bridgewater recall was originally initiated in October 2011, but conflicting interpretations of the town's charter resulted in a series of legal challenges that delayed the recall process. Although sufficient signatures were certified in February 2012, the town refused to schedule a recall election.[2] In August 2012, Judge Robert C. Cosgrove ruled that the town was required to schedule a recall election.[3]

Massachusetts recall action in 2012

  • The Bridgewater recall was the second recall election in Massachusetts in 2012. On February 6, two members of the Templeton Board of Selectmen, Julie Farrell and Robert Mitchell, were successfully recalled from office.[4]
  • A recall effort against Will Flanagan, mayor of Fall River, came to a halt in February after the city repeatedly rejected the recall affidavit.
  • In August, a recall effort against Donald Cykowski, a city councilman from Easthampton, narrowly missed making the ballot. Recall organizers gathered 2,218 signatures, which was 17 signatures shy of forcing a recall election.[5]

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Massachusetts was one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by August 17, 2012, which was 20 days before the primary took place. Registered Democrats and Republicans could only vote for their own party in the primary, but independent voters were allowed to decide which party they would like to vote for. (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 20 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 17.[6]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on election day because you:[7]

  • will be absent from your city or town on election day, and/or
  • have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling place, and/or
  • cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs.[8]

—Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


To vote absentee, a request must be received by noon on the day before the election. The ballot must then be returned by the close of polls on Election Day.[7]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Beginning in 2016, all voters will be entitled to vote early in general elections. The state will also permit voting by mail.[9]

See also