ELECTIONS

It was a big night for supporters of ranked-choice voting. 

On Tuesday, Maine primary voters will participate in a ranked-choice voting experiment so unprecedented that the state’s top election official sometimes compares what’s about to happen to a perilous space mission.

Updated 6:34 p.m. ET

An ideologically split U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld Ohio's controversial "use-it-or-lose-it" voting law by a 5-to-4 margin. The law allows the state to strike voters from the registration rolls if they fail to return a mailed address confirmation form, and don't vote for another four years, or two federal election cycles.

Failure to vote

Connecticut is poised to commit its electoral votes to whichever U.S. presidential candidate wins the nation's popular vote — regardless of who wins the state.

By embracing the plan, Connecticut's General Assembly gave new momentum to a push to change the way Americans elect their president.

Hadley, Mass., To Weigh In On A Ranked-Choice Voting System

May 2, 2018
The town hall in Hadley, Massachusetts.
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Hadley, Massachusetts, residents will soon decide whether to adopt a new voting system. 

At town hall in Amherst, Mass., elections officials says the unofficial result is that a measure to change how the town is governed was approved Tuesday by voters
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The majority of residents in Amherst, Massachusetts, voted Tuesday to to put an end to their centuries-old Town Meeting and adopt a new form of government.

At town hall in Amherst, Mass., elections officials says the unofficial result is that a measure to change how the town is governed was approved Tuesday by voters
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Residents of Amherst, Massachusetts, will soon vote on whether to put an end to their centuries-old Town Meeting and adopt a new form of government.

The debate hasn’t always been friendly in this most liberal of New England towns.

Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET Wednesday

Votes are still being tallied in Tuesday's special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District — and it appears nearly every single one will need to be counted.

The race between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb is down to the wire for this seat deep in Trump country, with confidence at Lamb's campaign early in the night giving way to supporters holding their collective breath as the results tightened to a near tie through the evening.

In 2014, then-Governor Deval Patrick meets with students at William N. DeBerry Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Since President John F. Kennedy, Massachusetts politicians have a poor record when running for the White House. But can two-term Governor Deval Patrick reverse the trend? Patrick recently told radio station KCUR a 2020 presidential bid was on his "radar screen."

Massachusetts state Rep. Peter Kocot of Northampton, who died in February, filed the House bill that would authorize the automatic voter registration program.
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Supporters of automatic voter registration in Massachusetts said the proposal still has traction despite the recent death of a leading advocate. 

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