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Shrinking Republican Party In Massachusetts Struggles For Direction

Jun 10, 2021
Jim Lyons (center), who now chairs the Massachusetts Republican Party, confers with fellow delegates including Rep. Marc Lombardo (left) at the party's 2018 convention.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Massachusetts Republican Party on Wednesday night united behind resolutions supporting Israel and opposing universal mail-in voting in Massachusetts. But the gathering did not seem to calm the tensions that have been boiling between conservatives and party members more loyal to Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.
Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe / Pool / State House News Service

In most cases, people fully vaccinated for COVID-19 probably don't have to wear a mask, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, at least for now, mask mandates remain in place in Massachusetts.

The Holyoke, Massachusetts, City Council gathers on Zoom on April 12, 2021, to choose the next acting mayor.
Alden Bourne / NEPM

A new acting mayor will take the oath of office in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on Tuesday after a vote by the City Council Monday night.

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill wants lawmakers to support constitutional amendments that would allow for early voting and no-excuse absentee ballots.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse speaks at a press conference in the final days of his 2020 Democratic primary campaign for Congress.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com

Alex Morse, who first became mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, at the age of 22 in 2012, announced Tuesday he's stepping aside when his term expires in January, 2022.

Pleading 'No Mal Intent' In Morse Controversy, Bickford Reelected MassDems Leader

Nov 12, 2020
The chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party addressed party leaders before he was reelected to a new four-year term.
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Democratic Party Chairman Gus Bickford won a second four-year term on Thursday night to lead the state party into the next gubernatorial election cycle when it hopes to reclaim the corner office.

Connecticut’s Secretary of the State plans to ask lawmakers to allow any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in future elections. But the president of Connecticut’s Town Clerks Association says the state lacks the resources for widespread mail voting.

Connecticut officials anticipate the largest number of voters in state history to cast ballots in next Tuesday’s election. The state now has 2.3 million registered voters — 700,000 more than four years ago.

Ty is a 22-year-old who grew up in Manchester and, like a lot of New Hampshire voters, got involved in politics at a young age. They phone-banked and canvassed for Bernie Sanders’ campaign as a high school student in 2016; they also cast their first vote the same year. And as the 2020 general election approaches, Ty’s eager to head back to the polls.

An informational graphic used by Cambridge, Massachusetts, which has used ranked-choice voting in some local elections for decades.
City of Cambridge / via WBUR

Massachusetts voters this fall are being asked whether they want to see ranked-choice voting on ballots in future elections.

The Massachusetts general election ballot in 2020 includes a question about establishing ranked-choice voting.
Carrie Healy / NEPM

Massachusetts voters this election will get to decide whether to give their future ballots a major overhaul.

Survey: Majority of Conn. Voters Plan to Go to Polls

Oct 21, 2020

A new survey from the Public Policy Polling has found that less than half of Connecticut voters are concerned that absentee ballots are not as secure as in-person voting, but more than 80% prefer to visit their polling precincts. 

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse (left), and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield exchange a greeting before a 2020 debate.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Democratic candidates in the Massachusetts 1st Congressional District combined to spend $7.8 million on the September primary race.

Massachusetts voters are evenly split on a ballot question that would fundamentally change how they select candidates for state and federal office.

Four in 10 likely voters in Massachusetts plan to cast ballots by mail this November, according to a new WBUR poll (topline, crosstabs).

There’s a primary next week. And though absentee balloting has been the talk, the question now is whether the power outages caused by Tropical Storm Isaias will affect in-person voting.

The mail-in voting application sent to Massachusetts voters.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

Some city clerks in western Massachusetts say they're ready to deal with an influx of mail-in voting applications and — eventually — ballots.

John Velis of Westfield in a file photo.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Democrats claimed victory in two Massachusetts special elections Tuesday, seizing state Senate seats that had long been held by Republicans in races that party chair Gus Bickford said reflected a rejection of President Donald Trump's politics.

A man wearing a mask walks to a convenience store in New London, Connecticut..
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

This week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a phased approach to reopening much of the state's economy that had been shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The polling place at Falcetti Towers in Holyoke, Mass.
File photo / Sam Hudzik / NEPR

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a special election for a state Senate seat covering 11 western Massachusetts communities will be held next week. Democratic State Rep. John Velis and businessman John Cain, a Republican, are on the ballot.

A Democratic absentee ballot from Leverett, Massachusetts, for the state primary election on September 4, 2018.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

This week, Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin filed legislation looking to make it easier for people to vote amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Two Connecticut voters have sued the state in federal court demanding that the state allow remote gathering of election petitions and no-excuse absentee voting during the pandemic.

Timetable Putting Rush On Vote-By-Mail Reforms In Massachusetts

May 6, 2020
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin.
State House News Service

Massachusetts would offer a mail-in ballot to any voter who requests one and expand in-person early voting opportunities under a plan the state's chief elections official unveiled Wednesday.

A young girl rides her scooter in Boston Common along Charles Street on March 27.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

In many places across Massachusetts, it’s already the norm to wear a mask to the grocery store or pharmacy. This week, it'll be a statewide order, with violators facing a $300 fine.

Members of Massachusetts’ Congressional delegation are calling on Beacon Hill lawmakers to pass a statewide vote-by-mail law, while urging Congress to fund efforts to expand voter access. The push follows the recent primary in Wisconsin — where tens of thousands of people were forced to choose between their right to vote and risking their health.

Bags that carry ballots to polling places in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Northampton, Massachusetts, officials have decided not to redo the city’s override vote, despite a ballot shortage in one precinct.

Outside a Massachusetts polling place.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

As Massachusetts voters weigh in on the presidential race, some will also be voting in special elections for the state legislature. 

An early voting sign in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

The early voting period in Massachusetts for the March 3 presidential primary starts Monday, February 24 and continues through the week.

An "I voted" sticker.
Daniel Morrison / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/danielmorrison/291582376

Connecticut is the only state in New England that doesn't permit felons on parole to vote. New legislation would change that.

A voting sign.
Keith Ivey / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/kcivey

The voter registration deadline for the March 3rd Massachusetts presidential primary is this Wednesday. And a new state law is causing some people to be registered more than once. 

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