Massachusetts House approves permanent mail, early voting

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday approved a major overhaul of the state’s voting laws that will make mail and early balloting permanent, but rejected a plan to allow same-day voter registration. The legislation, which passed by 124 to 34 on a mostly party-line vote with Republicans opposed, will make no-excuse mail-in voting and expanded early voting permanent for federal, state and local elections, among other changes. The Senate approved a similar bill several months ago, which will need to be reconciled with the House version before heading to Gov. Charlie Baker for consideration. Christie Wade, The Eagle Tribune

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