Did you know that nearly 15% of eligible citizens in Massachusetts are not registered to vote? That’s nearly 700,000 people, similar to all of Boston being 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 important reform proposes to shift voter registration from an opt-in to an opt-out system, involving more citizens in the political process while simultaneously making elections more secure and voting lists more accurate.
In Massachusetts, bills H. 2091 and S. 373 would require 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. The legislation also requires Massachusetts join the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), which will improve election security by responsibly removing ineligible voters.
Oregon and California were the first two states to enact this reform in 2015. Eight other states 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.
For more, read our Fact Sheet on AVR
Want to be part of the push to bring AVR to Massachusetts? Join our Letter to the Editor campaign!
Full list of AVR endorsing groups:
Action Together Western Mass
AFSC - Cambridge
American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts
Berkshire Democratic Brigades
Berkshire Women's Action Group
Black Directors Network
Boston Democratic Ward 4 Committee
Boston Teachers Union
CAST (Cambridge Area Stronger Together)
Cambridge Democratic City Committee
Clean Water Action
Coalition for Social Justice
College Democrats of MA
Common Cause Massachusetts
Corporate Accountability International
Democracy for America
Environmental League of MA Action Fund
Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association
Green Tea Party
Indivisible (Many chapters)
Jewish Association for Law and Social Action (JALSA)
Jewish Community Relations Council
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
League of Women Voters of Massachusetts
Lift Every Vote
Mass Affordable Housing Alliance
Mass Law Reform Institute
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Association
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
Massachusetts Peace Action
Massachusetts Senior Action Council
Massachusetts Teachers Association
Massachusetts Voter Table
National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter
Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts Education Fund
New England United for Justice
Our Revolution (many chapters)
PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts)
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
Progressive Democrats of America, Boston chapter
Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts
SEIU Local 509
SEIU Massachusetts State Council
Small Planet Institute
Union of Minority Neighborhoods