Massachusetts voting issues
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Election and registration information
For the 2008 election Massachusetts used the following voting machines in addition to hand-counted paper ballots in some counties. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Optical scan machines:
Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:
William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth
- Website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/
- Secretary of the Commonwealth
- Elections Division
- McCormack Building, Room 1705
- One Ashburton Place
- Boston, MA 02108
- Telephone: (617) 727-2828
- Toll-Free: 1-800-462-VOTE (8683)
- Fax: (617) 742-3238
- For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.
State and local non-governmental election organizations
League of Women Voters
LWV of Massachusetts, Diane Jeffery, President
- 133 Portland St.-Lower Level
- Boston, MA 02114-0000
- Phone: 617-523-2999
- Fax: 617-248-0881
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Acton Area
- Andover-North Andover
- Cape Ann Area
- The Cape Cod Area
- Greater Haverhill
- Martha's Vineyard
- Northampton Area
- North Reading
- Plymouth Area
- Worcester Area
Description: Founded in 1999, MassVOTE is a non-partisan voting rights organization. We work with community-based non-profit organizations to increase voter education and turnout across Massachusetts. MassVOTE works to eliminate barriers and encourage voting, especially among communities of color, language minorities, low income communities, youth, new American citizens, and the disabled.
- Website: http://www.massvote.org/
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for Massachusetts that helps locate Massachusetts's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See Massachusetts Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in Massachusetts. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's Massachusetts page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in Massachusetts.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Massachusetts page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in Massachusetts. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Massachusetts general information page, which provides information on Massachusetts election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.