Secretary of State William Galvin

Galvin is annoyed

In heavily Democratic Massachusetts, Secretary of State William Galvin has faced only one challenger from his own party since first taking office nearly 24 years ago. That was in 2006, when newcomer-to-politics John Bonifaz ran against Galvin. The Boston Globe captured the spirit of that campaign by writing about Galvin’s no-show at a debate in(...)

Read More »

Public records harassment tough sell

Public records harassment tough sell

Enforcement rare on statute aimed to give communities relief

WELLESLEY RESIDENT RONALD ALEXANDER seems to be exactly the sort of guy lawmakers had in mind when they included a harassment provision in the new Public Records Law. Alexander has filed more than 200 public records requests with Wellesley since 2013. He has filed 162 requests with the school department and school committee, 40 with(...)

Read More »

Galvin’s low energy dampens voting innovation

Galvin’s low energy dampens voting innovation

Secretary's elections division runs smoothly, but change comes slowly, if at all

SINCE THE FLORIDA election debacle in 2000, the United States has seen dramatic developments in the administration of elections. States are modernizing and innovating so much that the act of voting in 2016 would be almost unrecognizable to a voter from the 1990s. But not in Massachusetts. Here in the Commonwealth, where innovation is typically(...)

Read More »