Massachusetts

Snapshot: Massachusetts has middling scores on ease of voting and ballot security, but it has a good score for how elected officials responded to claims about the 2020 election.

Ease of Voting

Some measures to expand access
4 out of 7 benchmarks

Ballot Security

Some measures to ensure accuracy and security
4 out of 8 benchmarks

What Politicians Say

Few responses that undermined the 2020 election
4 out of 4 benchmarks

The state has recently made voting much easier.

Previously, the state did not have any early in-person voting and only allowed mail-in voting for a short list of reasons, such as a disability.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the state temporarily added early voting and allowed anyone to vote by mail, and more than 2.3 million voters took advantage of the change.

The legislature extended both temporary programs through December 2021,and Republican Governor Charlie Baker later signed legislation that made both forms of voting permanent.


Ease of Voting

Is the state making it easy for eligible voters to register and cast a ballot?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Massachusetts compares to other states
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The elections overhaul creates one week of early in-person voting for primaries and two weeks for statewide general elections. It also shortens the deadline to register to vote from 20 days before the election to 10 days.

The bill also allows local elections administrators to use ballot drop boxes or opt out of mail-in voting for local races and requires that officials help people vote from jail if they are eligible.


Ballot Security

Is the state following best practices to ensure ballot counting is accurate and timely?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Massachusetts compares to other states
Massachusetts
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Massachusetts has not made any changes to state law that would affect ballot security.


How Politicians Responded to the 2020 Election

What did the state do in the aftermath of Trump's defeat?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Massachusetts compares to other states
Massachusetts
Other states
← Fewer efforts to undermine 2020 election
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Republican Governor Charlie Baker and the state’s top Democrats all say that Biden’s election was fairly won.


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Story by: Ryan Teague Beckwith and Bill Allison
Graphics by: Paul Murray, Allison McCartney and Mira Rojanasakul
With assistance by: Rachael Dottle, Marie Patino, Jenny Zhang, Gregory Korte, Romy Varghese, Vincent Del Giudice, Nathan Crooks, Margaret Newkirk, Shruti Date Singh, David Welch, Elise Young, Dina Bass, Brendan Walsh, Carey Goldberg and Maria Wood
Editors: Wendy Benjaminson, Wes Kosova, Alex Tribou and Yue Qiu
Photo editors: Eugene Reznik, Marisa Gertz and Maria Wood
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