SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Would you be more likely to vote in an election if you had more than one day to do it?
Some lawmakers believe giving voters more than just one day to cast their ballots will increase the voter turnout in the future.
If it passes three more rounds of voting, it will allow people to vote at local polling places starting 10 days prior to a scheduled election day.
Just about 18% of Easthampton voters voted yesterday in the special primary election for the vacant state Senate seat.
Some people told 22News it will help increase the voter turnout considering just about 10 to 20 percent of voters voted yesterday in the special state senate primary election.
“I thought it was very very low. I was surprised. I knew it probably would be, but I was still surprised. I think probably having a longer time is a better idea,” Linda Halbach of Agawam.
And for lawmakers, an amendment allowing early voting will increase the voter turnout in the future by giving people more than one day to cast their ballots.
The amendment will also let voters request absentee ballots without having to provide a reason.
Some western Massachusetts voters told 22News they understand the benefits, but they have some concerns.
“I think one of the problems if you let it go too long, people are going to go with the flow maybe and get influenced. That's why I think maybe three days would be a maximum,” Don Williams of Agawam said.
Wendy Sutter of Springfield said, “It's hard sometimes to have it on just a specific day. For some people, not everyone. I also think that if you're going to vote, you're going to vote regardless of what day it is, but for some people, it might help.”
Senate President Therese Murray said several other states already allow early voting.
The amendment will also allow people to request absentee ballots without having to provide a reason.