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Permanent Vote-By-Mail Option Proposed In Massachusetts

A voter puts a ballot in a drop box
Paul Tuthill
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WAMC

    The top election official in Massachusetts says many of the changes made in 2020 to make voting during the pandemic safer should become permanent fixtures.

    Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin said he will file a bill to authorize the option to vote-by-mail and to have in-person early voting for 14 days for general elections and seven days for primaries.

   He also wants people who miss the deadline to register to vote to be able to do so on Election Day.

     A coalition of lawmakers and advocacy groups Wednesday unveiled legislation to make last year’s election reforms permanent.

   For reaction to the proposals, WAMC’s  Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Gladys Oyola-Lopez, Election Commissioner for the City of Springfield.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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