The Office of the State Auditor has determined that portions of the state’s Early Voting Law imposes an unfunded mandate on local governments. In its February 14th press release, the Auditor’s Office reported: “Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today released a determination that certain early voting costs incurred by local clerks should be paid for by the Commonwealth. Bump’s Division of Local Mandates (DLM) conducted the review and made the determination in response to petitions from the City of Woburn and the Town of Oxford. The early voting law certainly is to be regarded a success. It did, however, mandate new procedures for clerks. Some of these should be paid for by the state, not municipalities according to the Local Mandate Law.” Click here for the full text of the Auditor’s announcement.