New MA Law Aims to Safeguard Fall 2020 Elections
BOSTON – In response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Representative Tram T. Nguyen (D – Andover)
joined her colleagues in the House of Representatives last week to pass
H.4820, An Act relative to voting options
in response to COVID-19. This legislation expands voter access and ensures
that voters have safe voting options for all remaining 2020 elections,
including the state primary on September 1, 2020 and the general election on
November 3, 2020.
The legislation, for the first time in state history, establishes a vote-by-mail option and early voting period for the upcoming fall elections. In addition, the bill addresses polling place safety for those who choose to cast their ballots in person by providing tools to assist town clerks in conducting elections safely, and it tasks the Secretary of the Commonwealth with creating an online portal and promoting voting options through a public awareness campaign.
“Protecting the health and safety of our community is my top priority during the Covid-19 pandemic. I am pleased that we passed a major bipartisan bill that expands voting access in Massachusetts so that more people can exercise their rights without putting their health at risk. All voters, including those who do not feel comfortable voting in-person, deserve equal and safe alternative options to participate in the democratic process,” said Rep. Tram Nguyen.
Governor Baker signed this legislation into law on Monday, July 6th.