Massachusetts

The Bay State

Motto:
Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)


Constitution

A total of 3,658,005 votes were cast in Massachusetts in the 2020 election, where overall state turnout was about 72%. Of that number, 2,382,202 were for Joe Biden and 1,167,202 were for Donald J. Trump. With 65.6% of the popular vote, Biden won Massachusetts’ 11 electoral votes. Massachusetts has consistently voted for Democrat presidential candidates since 1988.

Massachusetts has a bicameral legislature with 40 senators and 160 representatives. Democrats have held the majority in both chambers since 1992. Governor Charlie Baker (R) is eligible for re-election in 2022.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseAbsence, physical disability, and religious reasons. No excuse neededNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
DeadlineNoon the day before electionNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of CyclesSame cycle onlyNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Massachusetts averages a 15% rating, reflecting its more left leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.

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