Automatic Voter Registration

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)!

AVR is the next step in the fight for voting rights. This cutting-edge reform proposes to shift voter registration from an opt-in to an opt-out system, involving more citizens in the political process and making elections more free, fair, and accessible for all.

In Massachusetts, Bill H. 3937 proposes to require that every eligible citizen who interacts with the Registry of Motor Vehicles be automatically registered to vote, unless they say no. Other agencies can be added when they have the technological capability. The legislation also requires Massachusetts to join the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), which you can learn more about here.

Oregon and California were the first two states to enact this reform in 2015. The policy is already proving to have a dramatic effect increasing voter registration and getting new voters engaged. We believe Massachusetts should be the third state to adopt AVR and help lead the charge for a better democracy.

For more, read our Fact Sheet on AVR!

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