HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2620        FILED ON: 1/16/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 570

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the voting procedures for presidential electors.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Bradford R. Hill

4th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Shawn Dooley

9th Norfolk

Joseph D. McKenna

18th Worcester

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr.

5th Worcester

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2620        FILED ON: 1/16/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 570

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 570) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr., and others relative to the voting procedures of presidential electors.  Election Laws.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court
(2015-2016)

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An Act relative to the voting procedures for presidential electors.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Section 8 of chapter 53 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after "electors,", in line 15, the following sentence:-

One presidential elector shall be chosen from each congressional district, and two presidential electors shall be chosen at-large.

SECTION 2. Chapter 54 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out section 148, and inserting in place thereof the following section:—

Section 148. The persons chosen as presidential electors shall meet at the state house on the date fixed by federal law next following their election at three o’clock in the afternoon and organize by the choice of a presiding officer and secretary. The state secretary shall call the meeting to order, call the roll of electors, and preside until a presiding officer shall be chosen. The secretary of the electors shall keep a journal of their proceedings and deposit the same in the office of the state secretary, where it shall be recorded and filed. Each at-large presidential elector shall cast his ballot for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates whose electors received the highest number of votes in the state. Each congressional district presidential elector shall cast his ballot for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates whose electors received the highest number of votes in his congressional district.