Massachusetts State Auditor examines cost of early voting

State lawmakers legalized early voting in 2014

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts saw a record voter turnout last month, with more than 3.3 million ballots cast in the 2016 elections. About one-third of those residents voted before Election Day.

Every city and town was required to have at least one early voting site open during business hours, and those costs add up.

The State Auditor is responsible for determining the financial impacts of new laws that go into effect. Auditor Suzanne Bump is trying to figure out how much it cost each city and town to implement early voting this year.

She’s conducting a survey to see how early voting worked in each community. The goal is to make sure your taxpayer dollars are spent wisely across the Commonwealth.

State lawmakers legalized early voting in 2014 as a way to get more people to the polls, specifically the elderly and those living in urban communities.