BOSTON (June 23, 2015) – Today, Secretary of State William Galvin announced the official launch of online voter registration, implementing a long-awaited reform that will allow Massachusetts citizens with signatures on file with the...
Outdated election administration laws and procedures wrongly disenfranchise eligible voters and led to three hour wait times at many polling places in cities across Massachusetts in 2012. Because of this, Common Cause launched an aggressive campaign in 2013 and 2014 to finally succeed at passing a comprehensive Election Modernization bill. The new law provides for early voting, online voter registration, pre-registration of minors, and audits of electronic voting equipment to ensure integrity.
This was a major step forward, but we still need more. The battle for Election Day registration itself is ongoing, as well as campaigns for no-excuse absentee ballots, permanent voter registration, and more. At the same time, we can't rest on the laurels of our 2014 bill; we need to make sure that it gets implemented in such a way that voters across localities are actually able to more easily particpate in our democracy.
Massachusetts needs to lead on the issue of ensuring free, fair, and accessible elections. Let's Update the Vote Massachusetts!