I’ve recently received a number of emails urging me to sign on to legislation related to election Law reforms. The list appears below.
My biggest concern is to avoid the long lines which occurred at the last Presidential election and I’ve cosponsored the Murray/Straus early voting bill.
I will also cosponsor the Finegold package which has many positive elements and will be a good basis for discussion.
I’m less comfortable with election day registration (which could make the lines worse) and online registration (which I don’t think we are completely ready for).
Please cosponsor election reform legislation to modernize the voter registration process, secure election results, and ensure that no voter has to wait an hour or more in line on Election Day. I think it is unacceptable that so many voters in Massachusetts waited in line up to three hours to vote this past November. I hope you will cosponsor legislation to address that problem and make voting even better in the Commonwealth. Specifically, I urge you to cosponsor the following legislation:
SD01562 (Sen. Finegold)—A comprehensive bill with early voting, audits of election equipment, voter registration modernization, pre-registration of 16 year-olds, and more.
SD00001, HD00048 (Sen. Murray and Rep. Straus)—State constitutional amendments to allow for no-excuse absentee voting and early voting.
SD00436, HD02543 (Sen. Clark and Rep. Garbally)—Allows for online voter registration and registration verification.
SD01139, HD02545 (Sen. Creem and Rep. Fox)—Establishes Election Day voter registration.