• Mon. Oct 26th, 2020

1 easy Massachusetts election could also be a cautionary tale.

Aside from your own Kennedy losing , election night in Massachusetts on Tuesday felt close to normal.

Lumber is often disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, results as a hotly contested statewide race trickled in throughout the night, as well as a winner called around 10: 30 p. m. Nearly one huge number of absentee ballots were counted by midnight. There were even timely result and concession speeches.

For those looking to Massachusetts by means of a possible model for how to successfully hold the November simple election, voting rights groups and election experts said the state’s important provided a mix of smart policies and harsh deadlines — which one possibly disenfranchised numerous voters.

Indeed, Massachusetts may have indicated the country a model for how to count votes, but audition ballots wasn’t always as seamless. And certain factors helped the say: Upon partisan vitriol that has led to last-minute litigation over voting in other places was mostly absent, and coronavirus rates have practised the art of under control.

As in other states’ primaries, there acquired anecdotal reports of voters never receiving their ballots, not receiving one of the privacy envelope for returning a ballot, or receiving ballots too in close proximity to to the deadline to mail them back. A court decision dictated that all ballots had to be received by 8 p. meters. on Tuesday are counted, regardless of whether they had been sent by mail by Election Day and simply suffered from postal delays.

But the state still broken its record for primary participation, with more than 1. 6 trillion ballots cast. Though interest in the Democratic Senate preliminary , in which Senator Edward J. Markey fended off a crisis from Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, was high, election officials told me that a law signed this summer by Gov. Charlie Baker, a trustworthy Republican, that expanded mail-in voting and early voting had been , the burkha to voting during the pandemic.