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:Rep. [[Linda Dorcena Forry]] (D) won election to the [[Massachusetts State Senate]] on May 28, 2013. A special election has been called for September 10, with a primary on August 13. Candidates had until July 9 to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.<ref>[http://www.dotnews.com/litdrop/2013/another-special-election-dates-set-race-replace-dorcena-forry ''dotnews.com'', "Another special election: Dates set in race to replace Dorcena Forry," June 5, 2013]</ref>
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:Rep. [[Linda Dorcena Forry]] (D) won election to the [[Massachusetts State Senate]] on May 28, 2013. A special election has been called for '''September 10''', with a primary on '''August 13'''. Candidates had until July 9 to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.<ref>[http://www.dotnews.com/litdrop/2013/another-special-election-dates-set-race-replace-dorcena-forry ''dotnews.com'', "Another special election: Dates set in race to replace Dorcena Forry," June 5, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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'''State House 16th Worcester District'''

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Contents
1 2013 elections
1.1 Special elections
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in Massachusetts
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References



Massachusetts

Massachusetts election information for 2013 is listed below.

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2013 elections

Special elections

There are several special elections scheduled in 2013 for the state of Massachusetts.

Elections by type

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U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, 2013.

A special election was held to fill the vacancy left by the appointment of Senator John Kerry (D) as U.S. Secretary of State was held on June 25, 2013, which Ed Markey won, following a primary election on April 30, 2013.[1][2] On January 30, 2013, Mo Cowan was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to fill the vacancy. Cowan, a Democrat who previously served as Patrick's Chief of Staff, will serve as interim Senator until voters choose Kerry's official successor in the June 25 special election.[3][4][5] On December 21, 2012, President Barack Obama announced that he was nominating Kerry to the position of Secretary of State. On January 29, 2013, the Senate confirmed Kerry's appointment by a vote of 94-3. He officially succeeded Secretary Hillary Clinton on Friday, Feb 1.[6][7]

Related: See election results here.

See also: Massachusetts state legislative special elections, 2013.

State Senate First Suffolk District

Sen. John A. Hart, Jr. (D) announced on January 28, 2013 that he was resigning his seat in order to take a job at a law firm.[8] A special election took place on May 28, 2013, which Linda Dorcena Forry won. A primary took place on April 30, 2013.[9] Candidates had until March 6 to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.[10]

Related: See election results here.

See also: Massachusetts state legislative special elections, 2013.

State House 6th Bristol District

Rep. David Sullivan (D) resigned on April 29 to become the executive director of the Fall River Housing Authority. A special election has been called for September 10, 2013, with a primary on August 13, 2013. Candidates had until July 9 to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.[11]

State House 12th Suffolk District

Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry (D) won election to the Massachusetts State Senate on May 28, 2013. A special election has been called for September 10, with a primary on August 13. Candidates had until July 9 to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.[12]

State House 16th Worcester District

Rep. John Fresolo (D) resigned following an ethics investigation on May 22 saying that he was "not currently effective." A special election has been called for September 10, 2013, with a primary on August 13, 2013. Candidates had until July 9 to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.[13]

State House 8th Suffolk District

Shortly after being sworn in for a 5th term, Martha Walz (D) announced she was resigning to head the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. A special election took place on June 25, 2013.[14] A primary took place on May 28, 2013, which Jay D. Livingstone won. Livingstone was unopposed in the special election on June 25. Candidates had until April 23 to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.[15]

State House 12th Essex District

Just weeks after her re-election, state Rep. Joyce Spiliotis (D) died on November 29, 2012. A special election to fill the seat was held on April 2, 2013, which Leah Cole won. Leah Cole defeated Gregory S. Bunn in the Republican primary on March 5, 2013 and advanced to the general election.[16][17][18]

State House 28th Middlesex District

State Rep. Stephen Smith (D) resigned on December 31, 2012, after pleading guilty to casting invalid absentee ballots in 2009 and 2010. A special election to fill the seat was held on April 2, 2013, which Wayne A. Matewsky won. Wayne A. Matewsky defeated four others in the Democratic primary on March 5, 2013 and advanced to the general election.[19][20][21]

Related: See election information here.

Voting in Massachusetts

See also: Voting in Massachusetts
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Important voting information

  • Massachusetts has a mixed primary system. Registered Democrats and Republicans can only vote for their own party in the primary but Independent voters may decide which party they would like to vote for.
  • The deadline for registration is 20 days prior to the election.
  • As of December 2014, Massachusetts is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Massachusetts, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Massachusetts is one of eight states which allow early voting but require an excuse to vote early. Early voting begins as soon as absentee ballots become available.

To vote early you need to provide an excuse for why you will be unable to vote at the polls during normal voting hours. The following are valid reasons:[22]

  • you will be away from your city or town on election day
  • you have a disability that prevents you from voting at the polls
  • you cannot vote on election day due to religious beliefs

Beginning in 2016, all voters will be entitled to cast ballots in November general elections early (up to 11 days prior to the election date). The state will also permit voting by mail.[23]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Massachusetts ranked 33rd out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Massachusetts received an overall score of 63 percent.[24]

See also

References

  1. Boston.com "Secretary of state to set Senate special election date of June 25," January 28, 2013
  2. The Boston Globe, "William ‘Mo’ Cowan to be interim US senator," January 30, 2013
  3. The New York Times "Governor Names Longtime Friend to Kerry’s Seat" January 30, 2013
  4. Washington Post "Who is Mo Cowan?" January 30, 2013
  5. The Boston Globe, "William ‘Mo’ Cowan to be interim US senator," January 30, 2013
  6. The Washington Post, "John Kerry confirmed as secretary of state," January 29, 2013
  7. CBS News "Obama taps John Kerry to be Secretary of State," December 21, 2012
  8. Boston Globe, "Hart set to quit state Senate today," January 29, 2013
  9. Boston.com, "Dates set for Mass. state senate special election," February 5, 2013
  10. Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Special State Election First Suffolk Senate District," Accessed April 9, 2013
  11. heraldnews.com, "Aug. 13, Sept. 10 set as special election dates to replace Sullivan," May 13, 2013
  12. dotnews.com, "Another special election: Dates set in race to replace Dorcena Forry," June 5, 2013
  13. myfoxboston.com, "Special election to fill State Rep. Fresolo's seat announced," May 23, 2013
  14. Boston Globe, "State Rep. Martha Walz to lead Planned Parenthood," January 30, 2013
  15. Boston.com "Dates set for special election to replace state Rep. Marty Walz," February 7, 2013
  16. TheRepublic.com, "Candidates set for special elections to fill 2 vacant Mass. House seats," March 7, 2013
  17. Peabody Patch, "Special Election to Choose Spiliotis' Successor Unlikely to be Set Until 2013," November 30, 2012
  18. bostonglobe.com, "Newcomer, political veteran win Mass. House elections," April 3, 2013
  19. TheRepublic.com, "Candidates set for special elections to fill 2 vacant Mass. House seats," March 7, 2013
  20. Boston Herald, "Lawmaker in voting scandal quits office," January 1, 2013
  21. bostonglobe.com, "Newcomer, political veteran win Mass. House elections," April 3, 2013
  22. Long Distance Voter, "Early Voting Rules: Massachusetts," accessed December 19, 2013
  23. The Republic, "Massachusetts Gov. Patrick signs bill allowing early voting, online registration, audits," May 22, 2014
  24. Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014