BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate and House of Representative passed legislation allowing early voting by mail to continue through December 15, 2021, giving eligible voters the ability to exercise their right to cast a ballot while protecting their health and safety.
The bill further allows cities and towns the ability to offer early in-person voting for such elections.
The extension of these additional voting options come as the Commonwealth continues to grapple with COVID-19 and its related variants and on the heels of elections in 2020 that saw record participation using these same methods.
The measures now moves to the Governor for his signature.
This could have a big impact on the City of Framingham election. There is a preliminary election on September 14 and the final election on Tuesday, November 2.
“Passage of the Supplemental Budget today with provisions to extend mail-in and early voting options sends a strong message that both the Senate and the House are committed to ensuring that all voices are heard in our democracy. This is particularly critical in light of recent laws passed by many states to restrict voter access,” said Senate Majority Leader Cindy Creem (D. Newton). “In addition, today’s action providing for a temporary extension of these provisions, provides the Legislature with the opportunity to take up more comprehensive voting reforms later this session, and I look forward to that debate.”
‘The voting provisions put forward in the supplemental budget will allow cities and towns to offer safe, accessible election options this fall while we continue to work on their permanency. I thank Speaker Mariano for his commitment to expanded voting access,” said Representative Dan Ryan, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Election Laws (D-Boston). “I congratulate Chairman Michlewitz and the Ways and Means Committee on a thoughtful supplemental budget.