Senator Cindy Creem is leading the way in the Massachusetts Legislature, with the full support of Representatives Ruth Balser and Kay Khan, to dramatically improve access to voting through automatic voter registration in Massachusetts.
Click here to read a detailed flier by Common Cause Massachusetts about why AVR is needed.
Recently, the NDCC Executive Committee approved the following resolution in support of AVR and will send it to the full membership in early June:
Resolution supporting automatic voter registration legislation
Approved by the NDCC Executive Committee on April 6, 2017
Whereas, about 15 percent of all eligible Massachusetts citizens are not registered to vote, a result that is unacceptable in a democratic society;
Whereas, in every other democratic nation, the government has the affirmative obligation to ensure that every eligible citizen is registered to vote;
Whereas, at a time when some other states and the federal government are erecting obstacles to voter participation, it is especially important for Massachusetts to ensure that all eligible citizens are able to vote;
Whereas, automatic voter registration will enfranchise large numbers of new voters by registering them when they interact with state agencies, while at the same time safeguarding against fraud, including by promptly updating voter lists when voters move away;
Whereas, six states – including our neighbors Connecticut and Vermont – have already successfully adopted this important election reform; and
Whereas, House bill 2500 and Senate bill 1791 would enact automatic voter registration in Massachusetts; therefore, be it
Resolved, that the Newton Democratic City Committee thanks our State Senator Cindy Creem and Representatives Ruth Balser and Kay Khan for supporting the prompt passage of automatic voter registration legislation; and be it further
Resolved, that the Newton Democratic City Committee also requests our Democratic State Committee members to support a similar resolution by the Democratic State Committee.