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Springfield Election Commissioner Addresses Vote-By-Mail Concerns

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

    Over 1 million Massachusetts voters have applied to vote by mail in the September 1st primaries.

    The office of Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin reported today that over 149,000 voters have already returned their ballots.

    The surge in interest in voting-by-mail comes with concerns that the U.S. Postal Service might not be able to handle the deluge of ballots.

    The postmaster general announced Tuesday he would suspend cost-cutting initiatives until after November.

     Speaking with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill, Springfield’s election commissioner Gladys Oyola-Lopez said there have been no issues with the mail service.

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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