After the pandemic changed the election process, a joint committee on elections held a public hearing May 19 on making some of those changes permanent. Mail-in ballots, safety protocols and new voting timelines proved successful in ensuring safety and increasing voter turnout, while ideas like same-day voter registration and voting rights for the incarcerated are gaining new traction.
The Massachusetts Legislature considered several acts during a hearing last week, but the VOTES Act took up most of the conversation because it encompasses widespread election reform. Focused on election modernization, H.805 and S.459 is referred to as a superbill by advocates.
The bill calls for:
• Expanded vote-by-mail
• Early in-person voting
• Same day voter registration (on any voting day, including Election Day)
• Jail-based voting reforms
• Risk-limiting audits, a practice used to help confirm election results
• Fixing Massachusetts automatic voter registration laws
• Implementation of the Electronic
Click to read the full article @The Bay State Banner