Latest William F. Galvin News

Restaurants to be allowed to use bar areas for food service

Sep. 23, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts restaurants will soon be able seat up to 10 people at a table and use their bar areas to serve food, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. The moves that take effect Monday are intended to help the industry, which has faced severe restrictions intended to help slow the...

Voters urged to keep eye out for vote-by-mail applications

Sep. 12, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Voters who have not already submitted vote-by-mail applications for the November election should keep an eye on their mailboxes in the coming days. The state is mailing vote-by-mail applications to all registered voters who have not already submitted an application for a ballot. Voters who...

State census liaison said he'll contest head count if needed

Sep. 10, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said Thursday he’s concerned the U.S. Census Bureau count in Massachusetts is falling short because of the pandemic and is willing to share state population records to supplement the federal count. “I am suspicious of the data that is...

Record number of ballots cast in Massachusetts primary

Sep. 9, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A fierce Senate Democratic contest helped spur a record number of Massachusetts voters to cast ballots in last week’s primary, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said Wednesday. There were more than 1.7 million ballots cast in the election — besting the previous record...

Congressman Richard Neal, left, celebrates his victory in the Democratic primary over challenger, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Springfield, Mass. (Don Treeger/The Republican via AP)

Reps. Neal, Moulton, Lynch win in Democratic primary races

Sep. 2, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, held off Democratic challenger Alex Morse in Tuesday’s primary after an acrimonious campaign that included allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at his younger opponent. The contest...

FILE - In this pair of June 1, 2020, file photos, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, left, and Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., right, wait for the start of a debate in Springfield, Mass. Kennedy is a candidate and Markey is the incumbent in the Sept. 1 Democratic primary election for Senate. (Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File)

Candidates make final push for votes ahead of primary

Aug. 31, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Candidates for the U.S. Senate and House scrambled to make their final pitches to voters ahead of Tuesday’s Massachusetts primary in a campaign held under the shadow of the coronavirus. U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in the Democratic...

FILE - In this pair of Aug. 17, 2020, file photos, Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse, left, and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, right, wait for the start of a debate in Springfield, Mass. Morse is a candidate and Neal is the incumbent in Massachusetts' 1st congressional district in the Sept. 1 Democratic primary election. (Don Treeger/The Republican via AP, File)

Democrats to choose candidates in 4 congressional races

Aug. 30, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic voters in four of the state's nine congressional districts will have a chance to pick a new nominee to represent their party during Tuesday's Massachusetts primary. In three districts, challengers from within the party are hoping to bump incumbent Democratic U.S. House members out...

Massachusetts court rules against extra time to count votes

Aug. 26, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts highest court ruled Wednesday against granting additional time to count mail-in ballots in the state’s Sept. 1 primary election despite ongoing worries about the coronavirus and concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays. The case was brought by Becky Grossman, a candidate...

State's highest court considers primary election lawsuit

Aug. 23, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts highest court is weighing whether to grant more time to count mail ballots in the state's Sept. 1 primary election amid concerns of U.S. Postal Service delays. The state's Supreme Judicial Court is slated to hear arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed by Becky Grossman. The...

Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, left, D-Mass., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., debate Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Boston. The two are running for the Democratic nomination to U.S. Senate. (WBZ-TV via AP, Pool)

Early voting kicks off in Massachusetts primary election

Aug. 22, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Voters can begin casting ballots in Massachusetts' primary election at early voting locations across the state Saturday. It’s the first time early voting has been available for a state primary in Massachusetts. Early voting will continue through Aug. 28. Saturday is also the last day...