The legislative conference committee reconciling the House and Senate versions of the election law addressing COVID-19 concerns for the fall elections has released the final bill, which is expected to pass the House and Senate in the next day or two.
LWVMA urges Governor Baker to sign this bill immediately. It’s going to take time for our elections officials to implement the needed reforms in this bill so that our Sept. 1 primary and Nov. 3 general elections operate both safely and efficiently. The sooner they can get started, the better.
The final bill, H.4820, provides for applications for mail ballots to be sent to all voters before each election, expands early voting, calls for an online portal so voters can request a mail ballot, and allows election officials to begin processing mailed ballots before Election Day, along with other changes. See the Election Modernization Coalition’s press release here.