To adapt to the pandemic, state lawmakers passed a series of bills that expanded voting options in the Commonwealth, and now lawmakers want to see those changes become permanent.

According to a story reported on by WWLP/22 News Springfield, the Commonwealth passed a mail-in voting initiative back in July of 2020, and now lawmakers want to see those changes become permanent.

Two bills have been filed on this matter; one that would allow for extended early voting periods, mail-in voting, and same-day voter registration.

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The other bill would simply extend the mail-in voting beyond the March 31 deadline.

Secretary Galvin is putting pressure on the legislature to get this short-term bill passed so that mail-in voting can be used in local elections.

Like the ones scheduled to take place in April in Ware, Hadley and South Hadley.

Secretary Galvin had this to say:

We all know the pandemic is not over, it’s certainly in a better place than it was, but many older voters, in particular, are still reluctant to leave their homes, they should not have to do so to vote.

The long-term voting expansion bill is headed to the election laws committee where it will receive a public hearing. As for the short-term voting bill, that could be brought to a vote sometime this week.

Please check out the initial story on WWLP/22 News' website here and we thank them for the update.

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