Sen. Lesser Votes to Pass Automatic Voter Registration

“Voting is our fundamental right as Americans, and we should be making it easier — not harder — to vote,” said Sen. Lesser

BOSTON — Senator Eric P. Lesser voted with the State Senate on Thursday to pass a bill reducing barriers to voting by making voter registration in the state as automated as possible.

“Voting is our fundamental right as Americans, and we should be making it easier — not harder — to vote,” said Sen. Lesser. “Unfortunately, we have seen an historic rollback of voting rights at the federal level and an all-out assault on the Voting Rights Act, which has protected the franchise for generations of African American and minority voters. Here in Massachusetts, we are stepping up to protect this basic right and, hopefully, show other states how they should be defending the right of all their citizens to vote.”

The bill, H. 4671, An Act automatically registering eligible voters and enhancing safeguards against fraud, automatically registers eligible voters who are seeking services at a state agency that can register them, if they do not opt-out of registering. State agencies that can register people to vote include the Registry of Motor of Vehicles and MassHealth.

The bill has passed the State House of Representatives, and now goes to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

You can register to vote online at www.IWillVote.com or by filling out the Secretary of State’s office registration form here.

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