Before the Massachusetts House voted Thursday to pass a bill expanding voting access for this year's elections, Western Massachusetts representatives moved to ensure rural voters would also benefit.

The House on Wednesday adopted an amendment introduced by state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, to guarantee absentee ballot applications could be sent to voters' mailing addresses, such as post office boxes. While the original language of the bill limited mailing to residential addresses, residents in many Berkshire communities don't have residential mailing.

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