Massachusetts Senate debates bill to expand voting rights

A polling place inside the Tansey School in Fall River in the September, 2021 mayoral primary election. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would permanently write into Massachusetts law early voting options that were temporarily adopted during the height of the pandemic was being debated Wednesday by the Massachusetts Senate.

The bill would enact same-day voter registration and make other changes to the election process including allowing no-excuse voting by mail.

Supporters say the proposal incorporates lessons learned during the pandemic and takes critical steps to expand the right to vote in Massachusetts at a time when many states are tightening access to the ballot box.

Critics warned that some of the measures might run afoul of the Massachusetts Constitution.