Posted by Kingston Admin on February 10th, 2014
Kingston, area town clerks discuss local impact of pending voting reform legislation
So-called voting reform legislation will affect the way Massachusetts votes. How will these reforms impact our towns? Local officials most affected – our town clerks – will have to execute the voting reforms. Here’s what clerks from around the area have to say about the potential changes.
Town Clerk Mary Lou Murzyn, center, works with former Assistant Town Clerk and Webmaster Shelley Loring, at left, and former Administrative Assistant Stacey Elmes to provide assistance to residents. Wicked Local photo/Kathryn Gallerani
But first, some background. Massachusetts will follow the lead of 32 other states and change its voting laws to allow an expanded voting period, likely beginning 10 business days (including weekend hours) before a general or primary election. Senate and House voting reform bills have gone to conference committee for a compromise bill that can pass both chambers and move on to the governor for approval. The intent is to generate more participation in the voting process, recognizing that in this extra-busy time it can be difficult for some residents to vote on Election Day. http://kingston.wickedlocal.com/article/20140209/NEWS/140206675#sthash.34PFiJBn.dpuf