Massachusetts State House

The Massachusetts State House sits on Beacon Hill in Boston.

In response to the spread of coronavirus, the Massachusetts Senate issued an order Monday, March 23, to postpone the special Senate election to fill the seat left vacant by Viriato (Vinny) deMacedo (R-Plymouth) until Tuesday, May 19.

The announcement was made in a joint press release from Massachusetts Senate President Karen E. Spilka and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo.

The election between Susan L. Moran (D-Falmouth) and James (Jay) McMahon III (R-Bourne) was previously scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 31.

Ms. Moran and Mr. McMahon are vying to fill the vacant seat in the Plymouth and Barnstable District, which encompasses the towns of Bourne, Falmouth and Sandwich in Barnstable County and the towns of Kingston, Pembroke and Plymouth in Plymouth County.

The Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate also sent legislation to the desk of Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. that would empower towns to postpone and reschedule the dates of certain town elections.

Should Mr. Baker sign the bill into law, it would allow town governments to postpone elections scheduled before May 30. The postponed election would need to be rescheduled for a date before June 30. The legislation would also allow any eligible voter to vote early by mail for elections occurring before June 30.

In the release, Ms. Spilka said that this “emergency law gives cities and towns the flexibility they need to postpone municipal elections while maintaining options that maximize voter protections and participation.”

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