BOSTON) – Today the Massachusetts State Senate voted to override Governor Baker’s veto of funding for early voting, scheduled to be implemented for the first time this year under a 2014 law. The state legislature originally approved a state budget that included an estimated $1.2 million according to Secretary of State William Galvin to fund early voting. As part of a larger set of vetoes, Governor Baker vetoed funds for early voting, effectively disrupting early voting from beginning this year.
“Early voting encourages civic participation by making it more convenient to vote,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg. “People lead busy lives, and having only 13 hours to get to your polling place, particularly for people who work long hours, have disabilities, or have family care or health issues, can make it unduly difficult to vote. It is extremely important that we implement our early voting law as intended.”