Senate Passes Significant Election Reform Bill

It was an amazing moment; sitting in the Senate Gallery, awaiting the debate on election reform.  A disappointing bill had come over from the House but Chairman Barry Finegold, his Chief of Staff, Caitriona Fitzgerald, and the entire Election Modernization Coalition had worked hard to improve it with pre-registration and better early voting provisions.  In addition, we had lined up an unusual but powerfully diverse array of amendment sponsors led by Senator Anthony Petruccelli of East Boston to file post-election audits, election day registration and, at the last minute, permanent registration which allows one's registration to move automatically with one's mailing address.

 

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