Improving Elections

High School Voter Registration project 2012

Registering high school students to vote 

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:

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.

June 2017