FOCUS: Voting Rights
GOAL: Bring Automatic Voting Registration to MA
From our friends at CommonCause.org: Did you know that nearly 15% of eligible citizens in Massachusetts are not registered to vote? That’s nearly 700,000 people, and like if all of Boston was unable to vote!
We think this is unacceptable for a modern democracy.
And thankfully, there’s a solution – Automatic Voter Registration (AVR)!
Sen. Cynthia Creem and Rep. Peter Kocut sponsored S373 / H2091, and H2080, sponsored by Rep. Evandro Carvalho, are bills that will automatically register eligible voters and enhance safeguards against fraud.
Studies show the people who most benefit from AVR are single women; and that people most unlikely to vote are young people (move around too much to keep accurate rosters) and low income earners (too hard to prove residency, take the time out to deal with multiple agencies or can’t get off work to vote). As well as automatically registering people, these bills also make things much easier when people move. The proposed legislation would enroll people who interact not just with the DMV, but with MassHealth, Social Security, and others.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Click HERE to tell your representatives to Bring Automatic Voter Registration to Massachusetts now!
- Write a Letter to the Editor for Automatic Voter Registration
- Email your support of S373, H2091 & H2080 to the Joint Committee on Election Laws
ADDITIONAL READING & INFO:
- MA Automatic Voter Registration info from Massachusetts Common Cause
- Automatic Voter Registration FACT SHEET from Massachusetts Common Cause
- Automatic Voter Registration: A Legislative Priority from LWVMA
- Watch Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem: Automatic Voter Registration
TO REACH YOUR MOCs:
1. Reach MOCs via the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
2. Look up your elected senators and reps.
3. Use Faxzero to send free faxes from your computer to your Senator or Congressperson.
4. Use Resistbot to send faxes to your senators right from your phone: Text the word “RESIST” to 50409.
(Image source: Common Cause Massachusetts)