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Second Round of Ballot Applications Sent to Voters: Advocates Expect Record Turnout in November

After September’s extremely successful primary election with record turnout, the next round of vote-by-mail ballot applications is due to be mailed to registered voters this week. The September 1 Primary Election saw historic levels of participation: 1.7 million voters - nearly 37 percent of registered Bay Staters - cast ballots, and almost half of those voters participated by mail. The previous high was 1.4 million votes cast in 1994. An online portal to request a ballot is also expected shortly.

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Student leaders urge lawmakers to protect student loan borrowers

On behalf of students from 17 colleges across Massachusetts, 50 student leaders are urging state lawmakers to pass a Student Loan Borrowers Bill of Rights. This legislation is included in the economic development bill, An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth (S.2874, H. 4887) that a six-member Conference Committee in the state legislature is considering. 

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Yesterday’s Primary Shattered Turnout Records

Despite the pandemic, Massachusetts voters shattered turnout records in yesterday’s statewide primary – thanks to an emergency law championed by the Election Modernization Coalition and passed by the state Legislature earlier this summer. 

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50 Organizations Call for Student Borrower Bill of Rights

50 organizations urge state lawmakers to pass the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights in Massachusetts. 


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Statement: Cyclist killed by truck in Harvard Square spotlights need to transform transportation in Massachusetts

A cyclist died after being struck by a tractor-trailer in Harvard Square on Tuesday. This was the area’s sixth cyclist fatality in 2020, and it occurred in nearly the same spot as where a pedestrian was killed by a large truck a year ago. Since the incident, community members and advocates for safer streets and better transportation options have raised their voices, calling for protected bike lanes, traffic restrictions on heavy-duty vehicles, and a redesign of Harvard Square to make the area safer for everyone using the road.


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