Massachusetts Governor Baker recently signed the VOTES Act into law.
The VOTES Act will expand voting options here in the Commonwealth, but it will also make voting easier for active service members.
Senator Velis encountered this when he was stationed in Afghanistan in 2018, and his amendment to the VOTES Act will now simplify the process for all active military members. The amendment will allow active military members to apply for an absentee ballot and vote through an electronic system approved by the Secretary of State.
“If we can do things to not disenfranchised our service members who are overseas, whether it’s Afghanistan, Iraq, or any place in the past, or any place, God forbid in the future, to ensure that if they want to vote, we’re going to enable them to vote in the most efficient, easy way possible,” said Velis.
This process will ensures all military members are able to vote regardless of their access to a printer, email or fax machine.
The Secretary of State’s office said the electronic portal will not be available to active members of the military until 2023.
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