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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 48         FILED ON: 1/2/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 63

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

William M. Straus

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying proposal for constitutional amendment:

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to voting by qualified voters of the Commonwealth.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

William M. Straus

10th Bristol

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Michael J. Rodrigues

First Bristol and Plymouth

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Christopher G. Fallon

33rd Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 48        FILED ON: 1/2/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 63

By Mr. Straus of Mattapoisett, a petition (accompanied by proposal, House, No. 63) of William M. Straus and others for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to absentee voting by qualified voters of the Commonwealth.  Election Laws. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to voting by qualified voters of the Commonwealth.
 

A majority of all the members elected to the Senate and House of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become a part of the Constitution [if similarly agreed to in a joint session of the next General Court and approved by the people at the state election next following]:
 

ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT.
 

              Article XLV of the articles of amendment to the Constitution, as amended by Articles LXXVI and CV of said articles of amendment, is hereby annulled and the following is adopted in place thereof:-

              The general court shall have power to provide by law for voting, in the choice of any officer to be elected or upon any question submitted at an election, by qualified voters of the commonwealth who, at the time of such an election, are absent from the city or town of which they are inhabitants or are unable by reason of physical disability to cast their votes in person at the polling places or who hold religious beliefs in conflict with the act of voting on the day on which such an election is to be held, or by qualified voters of the commonwealth who might otherwise choose to vote prior to the date of the election.

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