Action: Bring Automatic Voter Registration to MA


FOCUS: Voting Rights
GOAL: Bring Automatic Voting Registration to MA
DEADLINE: Now

WHAT’S HAPPENING:

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.

Lift Every Vote is a MA group working solely on this issue – check out their website to join their important work!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

ADDITIONAL READING & INFO:

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)