Congressman Joe Kennedy III among those pushing for more voting access amid COVID-19

As we have been reporting, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a challenge for elections.

As we have been reporting, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a challenge for elections.

Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III is among lawmakers pushing for expanded mail-in ballots and early voting in the Commonwealth for the 2020 September primary and general election in November. Boston 25 News anchor Kerry Kavanaugh spoke with him Wednesday about the push and what he thinks it will take to pull it off.

Kennedy is critical of current proposals that only mail ballots to unenrolled voters in Massachusetts. He says half of voters in the Commonwealth are not enrolled with a political party.

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Kavanaugh reached out to Secretary of State William Galvin about this. His office says they are working right now on Tuesday's upcoming candidate filing deadline.

But they say Galvin is working a proposal.

“While we are still working to put the finishing touches on the proposal, it will include allowing no-excuse early voting by mail for the state primary and expanding the existing early voting by mail period for the state election in November,” spokesperson Debra O’Malley said.