Voters could soon be allowed to register online


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Voters in Massachusetts could soon have more options when they cast their votes. 22News found out what proposed changes to the state’s voting laws could mean for you.

Taylor Mountain of Holyoke told 22News, “Yeah, I hate going to the Town Hall, plus we’re a technical generation, everything’s easier online.”

For the rest of you who prefer to do things online, the state’s voting system may soon be more to your liking. House and Senate panel members have come to a compromise on a bill that would allow you to register to vote online.

The same bill would also allow early voting in the state, but not allow you to register on the same day you are voting.

Some other folks 22News spoke to in Holyoke said they think the change will encourage more people to vote, but those that run voting at the local level said the change could also come with some challenges.

Holyoke’s City Clerk, Brenna Murphy McGee told 22News what specific issues will pop up won’t be clear until the state writes their official regulations on the law, but she anticipates staffing during the early voting period could be a concern.

“Are a lot of people going to take advantage of this? Are we going to require additional staffing? But like I said I think Boston did it so that the early voting will be during normal business hours of city hall that way we don’t have to pay people overtime and what have you,” said McGee.

McGee also said the Secretary of State will be working closely with local clerks as these procedures will be very new to everyone.

The early voting would only be for general elections, not primaries. If approved by both the House and the Senate the changes could go in effect for the 2016 elections.

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