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Voting & Elections 07.7.2020

NBC10 Boston: What to Know About the New Voting Options in Mass.

Pam Wilmot of Common Cause Massachusetts, which advocates for expanded voting access, said of the new regulations, “There’s a lot of steps both for voters and for clerks.”

Voting & Elections 06.17.2020

The Berkshire Eagle: Priority in Mass. vote-by-mail bill: Improving the mail itself

Common Cause Massachusetts Executive Director Pam Wilmot said that while she believes mailing ballots to all would be the "most efficient system," she recognizes the barriers to setting it up in time this year. "We've heretofore done very little voting by mail, and the sort of transition to a full mail system is something that typically takes many, many years," she said. "We certainly are pushing for this reform in many places, but politics is the art of the possible."

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."

05.25.2020

Boston Globe: Vote-by-mail advocates growing anxious

“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 last week. “We’ll see what the Legislature decides, but time is absolutely of the essence and it needs to go now.”

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