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It may be a trainwreck in Washington D.C., but here in Massachusetts we have a tremendous opportunity to advance democracy by passing Automatic Voter Registration. With more than 100 legislative cosponsors, the campaign is off to a great start! But we won’t be able to get this critical reform over the finish line without a huge outpouring of citizen support.
Joining us for Automatic Voter Registration lobby day at the Massachusetts State House on June 28th from 9:30-noon is a great way to show that you care about democracy.
What is lobby day? It's a day when members of the public (like you!) meet with representatives at the State House to explain to them why Automatic Voter Registration is so essential here in Massachusetts. We will spend an hour teaching you the tips and tricks to speaking with legislators, then schedule meetings throughout the afternoon for you to sit face to face with your representatives.
Automatic Voter Registration shifts voter registration from an opt-in to an opt-out system. If passed, every eligible citizen who goes to the RMV, and other state voter registration agencies, would be automatically registered to vote, unless they decline. This will minimize paper forms and data-entry errors, and maximizing accuracy, security and most importantly – register more voters.
It has been passed by Oregon, California, Vermont, Alaska, Connecticut, West Virginia and Washington, D.C! In Oregon, the reform registered 250,000 new voters in the first six months—most of whom voted in November! In Massachusetts, once the reform is in place, 700,000 new voters could be registered. That’s good for democracy and good for our state.
Joining us for lobby day is a great way to show that you care about public participation in politics. Without a huge showing of support, it may be hard to get the legislature to pay attention. Your presence would mean a lot to bringing the attention to the issue—the kind of attention it deserves.