Over the past several months, Pew collected data about the 2012 presidential election from nearly every state and the District of Columbia. We used the findings to create a snapshot of each jurisdiction, focusing on how many people voted, how long they waited to cast their ballots, how they cast them, and how many ballots were not counted. These snapshots will be released over the coming months, five at a time, and the Election Data Dispatches will take a closer look at the latest snapshots each week.
Massachusetts allows absentee voting only under limited circumstances, such as illness or travel. In the 2012 presidential election, 92 percent of the 3.2 million voters who cast ballots in the state did so in person at the polls on Election Day, and 259,114 people voted by mail. In 2008, less than 7 percent of Massachusetts’s voters cast absentee ballots.
Massachusetts also rejects relatively few absentee ballots: