Massachusetts Voters’ Bill of Rights

In 2004, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, William F. Galvin, and the President of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, Madhu Sridhar, jointly signed a Voters’ Bill of Rights for Massachusetts citizens at the Statehouse.  This document, prepared by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, was designed to ensure that voters clearly understand their voting rights in simple language.

Voting is the most fundamental way in which all citizens participate directly in our democracy.   However many citizens are unsure of their rights at the polls. The fifteen rights listed in the Voters’ Bill of Rights include some of the most basic ones, such as:

  • The right to vote in privacy – an important voting concept that keeps our democracy free;
  • The right to cast a provisional ballot if you are not on the voters’ list – ensuring that every voter is valued in this democracy; and
  • The right to a replacement ballot if an error is made while marking a ballot –guaranteeing that the voter can cast a ballot that will count and will reflect the voter’s choice.

At the signing, League President Madhu Sridhar stated, “The strength of a democracy is measured, in large part, by the full and valued participation of its citizens. We are pleased to join as a partner with Secretary Galvin in this effort to make voters aware of their rights at the polls. We want to continue to focus on the central player in our democracy – the voter.”

Read the Massachusetts Voters’ Bill of Rights in English.

Read the Massachusetts Voters’ Bill of Rights in Spanish.

Read the Massachusetts Voters’ Bill of Rights in Chinese.

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