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Voting & Elections 03.24.2020

Lowell Sun: Muni-Elections Bill Signed, Coalition Calls it “First Step”

Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation allowing cities and towns to postpone municipal elections scheduled for this spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there are already calls for Beacon Hill to consider additional steps.

Voting & Elections 03.24.2020

Wicked Local Norwood: Massachusetts allows delay of local elections

"Yesterday’s bill is a strong first step. However, there is no guarantee that the coronavirus crisis will have receded by September 1, when Massachusetts state primaries are scheduled, or even for the November elections,” a press release attributed to seven voting rights groups read.“

Governing: The Census is Here and Everyone Counts: Here’s What to Do

Several local entities have been working diligently to make sure as many people as possible in Massachusetts are aware of and respond to the census. MassCounts, a coalition comprising organizations like Massachusetts Voter Table, MIRA Coalition, Chelsea Collaborative, Mass Equity Fund, Common Cause Massachusetts, MassVote, the Chinese Progressive Association, works with community organizations to train and mobilize trusted leaders to share why the 2020 Census is safe, easy and important.

Voting & Elections 03.19.2020

MassLive: Coronavirus: Massachusetts lawmakers plan to postpone March special elections

Advocates say the coronavirus outbreak could make it difficult for some people to keep their voter registrations up to date.

Voting & Elections 03.19.2020

The Boston Globe: Remote meetings. Shuttered offices. Amid outbreak, some fear government is receding from view

“People need to have confidence their government is moving forward, and providing public access is still a requirement under the new order. It’s now more important than ever,” said Pam Wilmot, executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts, a government watchdog group.

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