Future Of MA Voting In Focus In Secretary Of State Race

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Secretary of State Bill Galvin and Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim. (Facebook.com)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- In today's primary race for Massachusetts Secretary of State, incumbent Bill Galvin's two decades plus of experience are pitted against Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim's calls for changes to the electoral system in the Bay State.

Zakim has been critical of Galvin for not bringing voting in Massachusetts into the modern era.

"I for one think the status quo is unacceptable," Zakim told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. "Massachusetts should have a Secretary of State who is a progressive, who is proactive, who is going to be fighting for things like same-day voter registration, early voting, weekend voting, not scheduling a primary the day after Labor Day--really making it easier for people to participate in our elections and have our voices heard."

Galvin, who's held the job for more than 20 years, touts his record and improvements he's made to the voting system--and knowledge he has about how things work.

"I think going into the next election, which is critically important--I'm talking about the 2020 election--it's critically important you have someone who understands the election process," he said. "I have extensive experience, and my opponent has none."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker (@radiobenparker) reports

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