Mass. Senate Passes Bill To Make Voting Reforms Permanent

The Senate on Wednesday went on record supporting the permanent adoption of COVID-era voting allowances like expanded early voting and voting-by-mail, and also adopted policies like same-day registration that go beyond the changes made to accommodate elections during a pandemic. The bill passed 36-3 along party lines after Democrats rejected an alternative the Republican senators offered to address many of the same issues. Democrats pitched the bill (S 2545), which would also build into the system additional supports for people with disabilities, as a way to remove obstacles to the ballot box and to maintain options that proved popular when available to voters in 2020. Colin A. Young, State House News Service.

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