This afternoon, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law significant reforms to modernize our elections and expand voting rights in Massachusetts. The law includes online voter registration, early voting, pre-registration for 16 year-olds, post election audits of voting machines, and inactive voting reform.
Congratulations to everyone in the Election Modernization Coalition: Common Cause Massachusetts, ACLU of Massachusetts, MASSPIRG, League of Women Voters, MassVote, the MIRA Coalition, and Progressive Massachusetts.
However, the bill lacks in one aspect -- Election-Day Registration (EDR). Same day registration is shown to dramatically increase voter turn out. Nevertheless, the bill is a huge step and we are pleased to see it move forward after so many years of work. This progress is thanks to the strong coalition of grassroots organizations. We look forward to coming back next year and working on same-day registration!