Massachusetts Electoral Resource


The chocolate chip cookie was reportedly invented in 1930 at the Toll House Restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts. In 1997 it was designated the official cookie of the commonwealth.

After a harsh winter that claimed the lives of half of the Mayflower’s original immigrants from England in 1620, the Pilgrims were taught to plant corn and survive in the wilderness by Native American Indians. In November of the following year, the Pilgrims organized a harvest feast in Plymouth to celebrate their new crop—an event widely regarded as America’s “first Thanksgiving.”

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Established in Cambridge in 1636 by vote of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard University was the first institution of higher education in the United States.

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Nineteen people were hanged at Gallows Hill in 1692 for worshipping the devil and practicing witchcraft, and close to 200 others were similarly accused. In 1711, after judge Samuel Sewall and others involved in the Salem witch trials had admitted wrongdoing, the colony restored the good names of all accused and granted restitution to their heirs.

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Massachusetts observes a legal holiday called Patriots’ Day on the third Monday of April each year, commemorating the first battles of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.

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Following the American Revolutionary War, many people struggled to support their families under the heavy tax burdens levied to pay off war debt. Faced with losing their property, a group of insurgents led by Daniel Shays—a farmer and veteran of the war—forced the closure of several debtors’ courts and attempted to occupy a federal arsenal in Springfield on January 25, 1787. Although repelled, Shays’ Rebellion highlighted the need for a stronger national government and influenced the creation of the U.S. Constitution.

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Dr. James Naismith, a physical education teacher at the International YMCA in Springfield, invented the game of basketball in December 1891 as a way to occupy his students indoors during the cold winter months. The first game was played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets nailed to railings 10 feet above the floor.

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Massachusetts Voting Quick Facts
  • Current Population:6,794,422
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 20 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: No
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 11
  • Congressional Districts: 9

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David Ortiz image cut in Fenway Park outfield - Washington TimesIn this Sept. 10, 2004, file photo, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz smiles in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners in the sixth inning of a baseball game at Safeco Field in ... more >. View Comments Print ...

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Rescue At Sea Brings New Attention To Unsolved 2013 Murder - CBS LocalHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It was a crime that stunned a quiet suburb and stumped investigators: an 87-year-old real estate developer killed in his home, shot three times with a rifle. Nearly three years later, the unsolved case has received new attention ...

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Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
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Massachusetts 2016 U.S. Representative races

The 2016 United States House of Representatives election will be held in Massachusetts this election cycle. Of the 9 seats up for election this election cycle, 0 currently held by Republicans, and 9 held by Democrats.

Current Seats Distribution By Party Affiliation In Massachusetts U.S. House

Congressional DistrictU.S. RepresentativeParty Affiliation

District 1

Representative Neal, Richard E.Democratic

District 2

Representative McGovern, James P.Democratic

District 3

Representative Tsongas, NikiDemocratic

District 4

Representative Kennedy, Joseph P., IIIDemocratic

District 5

Representative Clark, Katherine M.Democratic

District 6

Representative Moulton, SethDemocratic

District 7

Representative Capuano, Michael E.Democratic

District 8

Representative Lynch, Stephen F.Democratic

District 9

Representative Keating, William R.Democratic
Massachusetts Congressional Districts
Massachusetts US Districts
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Registered Voters

Total: 4,271,835

  • Democrat : 1,490,335
  • Republican : 468,295
  • Green-Rainbow : 5,285
  • United Independent Party : 16,476
  • Unenroll : 2,277,760
  • Political Designations : 13,684
State of Massachusetts Quick Facts
  • Date of Statehood: February 6, 1788
  • Size: 10,554 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Bay State
  • Tree: American Elm
  • Flower: Mayflower
  • Bird: Chickadee
When's The Next Election?
November 8, 2016
In 39 days
Massachusetts : General election Day
Click here to view Massachusetts Elections Schedule for 2016

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use io find your election information. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Massachusetts does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

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