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April 2024 Election Calendar for Massachusetts

April 2024 is packed with important deadlines that pave the way for active democratic participation. Whether checking voter registration, engaging in policy advocacy, or considering a candidacy, your involvement is crucial. MassVOTE is committed to guiding you through this process, ensuring every voice is heard.

Here’s a concise overview of what’s ahead:

April 15, 2024: A Day of Civic Significance

  • Street List Deadline: Ensuring the integrity of our elections begins with accurate voter rolls. By April 15, municipalities must have their street lists prepared (G. L. c. 51, §6), a foundational step for voter accuracy and the smooth conduct of elections.

  • Prospective Election Officers: On the same day, it's the last call for party chairmen to submit lists of prospective election officers (G. L. c. 54, §12). The role of election officers in maintaining the fairness and efficiency of our voting process cannot be overstated.

  • Patriots' Day Observance: Amid these important deadlines, we also celebrate Patriots' Day, a tribute to the battles of Lexington and Concord and our state's rich revolutionary heritage. This day is a reminder of the enduring value of freedom and democracy that we continue to uphold.

April 24, 2024: Empowering Voters Through Policy

  • Public Policy Petitions: Starting April 24, public policy petitions are available for circulation (1988 Mass. Acts c. 203, G. L. c. 53, §20). This is an empowering opportunity for Massachusetts voters to directly propose policy initiatives, showcasing the powerful role of direct democracy in our Commonwealth.

April 30, 2024: The Pathway to the Ballot

  • Nomination Paper Deadline: For candidates aspiring to serve in all offices except federal, 5:00 p.m. on April 30 marks the deadline to submit nomination papers for signature certification (G. L. c. 53, §§7 and 46). This is a critical juncture for candidates to officially enter the electoral fray.

  • Legislative Action Deadline: This date also signifies the last day for the Massachusetts legislature to act on initiative petitions for laws (Amend. Art. LXXXI), a key moment that shapes the legislative agenda and the future of policymaking in our state.

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