House Session Summary - Thursday, Jan. 27
1/27/22 9:34 PM
The House on Thursday approved an elections reform bill that would make mail-in voting and expanded early voting permanent features in Massachusetts, but a clash with the Senate looms over a policy allowing prospective voters to register and cast a ballot in one trip to the polls. Representatives voted 124-34 in favor of the bill (H 4359), which would revive and enshrine voting options that proved popular during the pandemic before lawmakers allowed them to lapse last month. Amid a push from progressives to add language authorizing same-day voter registration similar to a policy in place in at least 20 other states, the House approved a further amendment requiring the secretary of state to file a report detailing the reform's cost on both the state as well as cities and towns.
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