- Associated Press - Thursday, January 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The state Senate is poised to debate a bill that would allow early voting and online voter registration in Massachusetts.

The House last year approved a bill that would let voters cast ballots up to two weeks before a presidential election.

The Senate bill would expand that to allow early voting in all biennial state elections and primaries.

More than 30 other states allow some form of early voting

Advocacy groups like Common Cause and the League of Women Voters are calling on the Senate to approve the bill, which also allows the pre-registration of 16-year olds.

They said senators should add amendments to allow the postelection audits of voting machines and Election Day voter registration, but should reject one requiring photo identification for voting.

Supporters of photo IDs say they guard against fraud.

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