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Voting & Elections 06.16.2020

The Daily News: Mass. Senate set to expand on voting by mail

"With those changes, this bill will ensure that Bay Staters -- who may otherwise have been prevented from casting a ballot by the coronavirus pandemic -- can exercise their fundamental right to participate in our democracy," said Pam Wilmot, executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts.

Voting & Elections 06.16.2020

Masslive: Massachusetts Senate passes bill to expand voting options for 2020 elections in light of coronavirus

Prior to Tuesday’s session, Common Cause Massachusetts and more than 80 organizations, including ACLU and MassPIRG, threw their support behind three amendments filed by Sens. Jo Comerford, Adam Hinds, and Eric Lesser dealing with an online portal to request ballots, postmarking ballots to ensure they are properly counted, and extending the deadline to request mail-in or absentee ballots to the Friday before Election Day. All three were adopted during Tuesday’s session.

Voting & Elections 05.28.2020

Radio Boston: Is Mail-In Voting Coming To Massachusetts?

"A number of states, including Massachusetts, are looking at using mail-in voting for the 2020 election. Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin has said he wants to start printing ballots for fall elections as soon as June 2. That means a decision on mail-in voting needs to be made quickly."

Voting & Elections 05.21.2020

The Herald News: Baker questions urgency on mail-in voting

On Wednesday, Common Cause Massachusetts Executive Director Pam Wilmot said a resolution “absolutely cannot wait another month.”

Voting & Elections 05.20.2020

WBUR: Vote-By-Mail Forces In Mass. Grow Anxious About Timeline, Renew Push For Action On Beacon Hill

"Election officials need to prepare for the fall, and they need to do it as soon as possible," said Common Cause Massachusetts Executive Director Pam Wilmot during a virtual press conference alongside about a dozen groups. "We'll see what the Legislature decides, but time is absolutely of the essence and it needs to go now."

Voting & Elections 05.14.2020

MASSLIVE: Massachusetts officials want more voting options during coronavirus pandemic, but can’t agree on execution

“Regardless of what we do, we’re going to see an increase of absentee balloting from the current rate of 3 to 5 percent to 70, 60, 80, 90 percent,” said Pam Wilmot, executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts, which supports universal vote-by-mail. “When you add on the request process, it’s astronomical.”

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