- Statewide Groups, AG Healey Ask Legislators to Pass Automatic Voter Registration in Massachusetts
- Join Us for Automatic Voter Registration Lobby Day January 31
- LWVMA Responds to Announcement of September Primary Date by Secretary Galvin
- LWV Statement on the Shut-down of the ‘Election Integrity’ Commission
- LWVMA Submits Comments to Secretary of Commonwealth Regarding 2018 Primary Date, Urges Expansion of Early Voting
Improving the electoral process and educating voters are goals that are central to LWVMA’s mission.
During the current legislative session (2017-18), the League and its coalition partners are advocating strongly for an important, common-sense electoral reform: Automatic Voter Registration. We will also continue to push to expand early voting and to implement Election Day registration, the reform that has been shown to have the greatest impact on voter participation.
Our legislative advocacy this session builds on our significant achievements in recent years:
In 2014, after many years of lobbying by LWVMA and its Election Modernization Coalition partners, Massachusetts took a major step to modernize its voter registration and election processes when a far-reaching election reform bill became law.
At a time when too many states are making it more difficult for citizens to register and to vote, Massachusetts should be proud to be moving in the opposite direction.
Specifically the 2014 law implemented:
- Online voter registration.
- Online portal to check voter registration status.
- Pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds, who then automatically become eligible to vote when they turn 18.
- Early voting in presidential election years during business hours at a city or town’s election office. Cities and towns can extend early voting hours to weekends if they choose and offer additional sites for early voting.
- Post-election audits of randomly-selected precincts after Presidential elections.
- Creation of an elections task force to study additional issues, including cost of early voting and need for additional sites and hours, voter fraud, wait times, and Election Day voter registration.
These are significant improvements, but there is more work to be done. We will continue fighting hard in 2017-18 to bring the Massachusetts electoral system into the 21st century.