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Governor:1(Term Limit: None; 4-year terms)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2000 Census:6,355,568 (2.25% of 281,998,273)
2004, 2008 Electors:12(2.23% of 538)
2002-2010 Representatives:10(2.30% of 435)
2010 Census:6,559,644 (2.12% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electors:11(2.04% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:9(2.07% of 435)

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 The COMMONWEALTH of Massachusetts
 Status: STATE of the Union
 Ratified Articles of Confederation: 10 March 1778. this State formally adhered to the Articles on 9 July 1778 when the document was signed by its delegates to the Seventh Continental Congress
 Ratified Constitution of the United States: 6 February 1788
  The 6th state.

Traditional Sections and Regions   All States
 Region: New England
 Survey: Metes & Bounds

Constitutions   All States     Links to State Constitutions
 Enabling Act: [None. One of the 13 original States which declared their independence from the nascent British Empire on 4 July 1776]
1st (1780-) [Adopted: 2 March 1780 Convention convened, 1 September 1779, Ratified: 15 June 1780 ratified by the annual Town Meetings in the Spring of 1780: the Constitutional Convention thereafter resumed to consider amendments proposed at these Town Meetings and, on 15 June 1780, declared the Constitution to have been ratified; this Constitution became effective, 25 October 1780 and remains, at least ostensibly, the oldest written Constitution still in operation in the entire World. (The Constitutional Convention of 1919 recodified this document by incorporating the 66 amendments hitherto added to the 1780 Constitution into the body of that Constitution: this recodification was approved by the voters on 4 November 1919; however, this recodification is not generally considered to be a new Constitution per se)]

Executive Branch   All States
Chief Executive
Successor to a Vacancy
  Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
Major Executive Officers Elected Statewide   All States   2021 Office holders
  Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: None
  Lieutenant Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Elected on a ticket with (but nominated separately from) the Governor
  Secretary of the Commonwealth: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022
  Attorney General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022
  Treasurer and Receiver-General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022
  Auditor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

Legislative Branch   All States
Upper House
Lower House
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Judicial Branch   All States
Court of Last Resort
  Supreme Judicial Court
Intermediate Appellate Court
  Appeals Court

Local Government
  county [Type: Weak, Executive and Legislative: Board of Commissioners. Chapter 34B of the General Laws of Massachusetts- enacted in 1996- provides for the optional abolition of County Government, with the further option of replacing most of the former functions of such abolished government with a Regional Council of Governments made up of representatives of the Minor Civil Divisions (Cities and Towns) within or contiguous to a given abolished County. As in CONNECTICUT and RHODE ISLAND, abolished Counties continue to function as the basis of subdivisions of the Commonwealth for judicial purposes.]
   TOWN [Type: Very Strong, Executive: Board of Selectmen, Legislative: TOWN MEETING]
Incorporated Municipalities  All States
    Massachusetts Civil Divisions and Municipalities

Key Statewide / Federal Officials  All States
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Statutory Election Information   All States
General Election   All States
  Tuesday next after the first Monday in November in every even-numbered year. [The General Laws of Massachusetts Chapter 54: Section 62]
Presidential Primary   All States
  Presidential primaries shall be held on the first Tuesday in March in any year in which presidential electors are to be elected. [The General Laws of Massachusetts, Title VIII, Chapter 53: Section 28.]
State Primary   All States
  Governor Duval Patrick signed HB 3764 on 26 November 2013. The bill moves the 2014 primary date from 16 September to 9 September. The bill only applies to 2014. "Notwithstanding the provisions of section 28 of chapter 53 of the General Laws or any other special or general law to the contrary, the state primary in 2014 shall be held on September 9, 2014.".
"SECTION 8A. (a) Notwithstanding section 28 of chapter 53 of the General Laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the state primary for the calendar year 2012 shall be held on Thursday, September 6. -- HB3788 s/11 November 2011
State primaries shall be held on the seventh Tuesday preceding biennial state elections and on the fourth Tuesday preceding special state elections, except that primaries before special elections for senator or representative in congress shall be held on the sixth Tuesday preceding said elections. [The General Laws of Massachusetts, Title VIII, Chapter 53: Section 28.]
  (2019-2020) Governor Governor Charlie Baker signed HB 4246 on 13 December 2019. SECTION 83. Notwithstanding section 28 of chapter 53 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the state primary in 2020 shall be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
Polling times   All States
  The polls shall in no case be kept open after eight o’clock in the evening ... the polls may be open as early as fifteen minutes before six o’clock in the forenoon, and shall be open not later than seven o’clock in the forenoon and shall be kept open at least thirteen hours. [The General Laws of Massachusetts Title VIII, Chapter 54: Section 64.]. [The polls must be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Some municipalities may open their polls as early as 5:45 a.m. -Ed]

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  Libertarian Association of Massachusetts
  Massachusetts Citizens For Life
  Massachusetts Pirate Party
  Socialist Party of Massachusetts
Media & others
  Blue Mass Group
  Boston Globe
  Boston Herald
  Cape Cod Times
  Daily Hampshire Gazette - Northampton
  Dorchester Reporter
  Everett Independent
  Gloucester Daily Times
  Lowell Sun
  MassINC - The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth - The Republican - Springfield
  Mayor James J. "Jim" Fiorentini, City of Haverhill
  MetroWest Daily News
  Milford Daily News
  New Boston Post
  New England Cable News - Newton - Massachusetts
  Progressive Massachusetts
  Sentinel & Enterprise - Fitchburg
  South Boston Online
  State House News Service
  The Berkshire Eagle - Pittsfield
  The Boston Broadside
  The Daily News - Newburyport
  The Daily News Tribune - Needham
  The Eagle-Tribune - Lawrence
  The Enterprise (Brockton)
  The Haverhill Gazette
  The Herald News - Fall River
  The Landmark - Holden
  The Patriot Ledger - Quincy
  The Salem News
  The Taunton Gazette
  WBZ TV - CBS - Boston
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  Wicked Local
  Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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