TAKE ACTION: Contact your legislator and tell them to bring Automatic Voter Registration to a vote this fall!
Our democracy works best when everybody can participate. Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) could give a voice to the 700,000 people in our state who are eligible but not registered to vote.
How does it work?
Automatic Voter Registration (H.2091 and S.373) tackles three major issues in our electoral process:
Inclusivity: AVR requires that every eligible citizen who interacts with the Registry of Motor Vehicles and certain other voter registration agencies be automatically registered to vote, unless they decline. This simple swap could bring hundreds of thousands of new voters to the polls on Election Day.
Accuracy: During visits to state agencies like the RMV and MassHealth, AVR also updates voters’ contact information, making sure our rolls are as up-to-date as possible. We’ve already seen how big a difference this can make—in Oregon, AVR updated 265,000 incorrect addresses in just 6 months.
Security: H.2091 and S.373 join our state with the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a national clearinghouse that collects registration information and compares it with that of other states and federal databases to remove ineligible voters and identify new voters, increasing voting security.
Oregon and California were the first two states to enact Automatic Voter Registration in 2015. Eight other states and Washington, D.C. have passed AVR since (IL, RI, VT, CT, WV, CO, GA, and AK). The policy is already proving to have a dramatic effect increasing voter registration and getting new voters engaged. We believe Massachusetts should be the next state to adopt AVR and help lead the charge for a better democracy.
How can you help?
- Call your legislators: Tell your representatives that you want them to bring AVR to a vote! You can find our handy call tool here.
- Write a letter to the editor: An easy way to tell your representatives, community leaders, and fellow constituents why AVR matters! More info here.
- Get others to write to the editor
- Conduct a postcard campaign: You can use this template or make your own! Have your friends, family, and colleagues fill them out and send them in.
- Go to your legislator’s office hours: Check out their website to see if/when office hours are held.
- Share our email actions: Not signed up for our email list? Join us here.
- Organize an in-district meeting
- Get other organizations involved: Work closely with other organizations that may want to help pass AVR? Tell them to join our coalition and fill out this form.
- Make a short and fun video
- Join us for our Lobby Day on January 31st: RSVP here.