House Approves Paid Time Off For Election Day Voting
This article originally appeared in the Berkshire Eagle on December 14, 2023 and was written by Alison Kuznitz.
Below is the comment included from executive director Geoff Foster on the House’s passage of a bill to allow employees to take paid time off on election day to cast their ballots in person.
Geoff Foster, executive director of democracy advocacy organization Common Cause Massachusetts, said the bill is a “really good next step.” Multiple obstacles continue to hinder Massachusetts voters, including their availability to go to the polls, he said.
“People don’t typically work 9 to 5 anymore — it’s exacerbated with hybrid and remote work,” Foster said. “I think we’re in a new era and we’re in a new period post-pandemic where there’s a bunch of new normals being developed. And I think it’s really important and I’m glad to see the Legislature acting on this — it’s really important we continue to modernize our elections and address barriers.”
Foster urged lawmakers to tackle additional voting reforms, including enabling same-day voter registration, ensuring voters aren’t penalized for not completing municipal census forms, and improving disability access at polling sites.
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