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Massachusetts Governor Signs Early Voting Bill

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Massachusetts has become the latest state to allow early voting.

   People will be allowed to vote up to 11 days before Election Day beginning in 2016 under legislation signed Thursday by Governor Deval Patrick.  Thirty-two other states currently allow early voting. Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola said Massachusetts needed to modernize its voting laws.

   "It will increase voter turnout. People who lead the busy lives we do want to vote when they want to vote."

   Online voter registration and pre-registration for 16-and 17-year-olds will also be introduced. Massachusetts will also do post-election audits at randomly selected polling places to assure the accuracy of voting machines.