The MassVote organization current campaign for election law reform includes:
- Online registration. We’re living in the 21st century! It’s time to let citizens register online.
- Pre-registration. When young people are registered, they vote. So how can we get more young people registered? By letting them register when they’re 16 and 17 so they’re set the day they turn 18.
- Election Audits. You deserve to know your vote was counted right, so a simple safety measure and precaution we should randomly audit a few precincts each election.
- Election Day Registration. No eligible citizen should be denied the right to vote. Election Day Registration is a time-tested failsafe that ensures every eligible citizen can always vote.
I think these are all very reasonable ideas. I would include two more. Let cities and towns, without having to get home-rule petitions from the Massachusetts State Legislature, allow 17 year olds to vote for their local school committee members. There are very few people who are better informed on the topic of education than high school seniors. My second idea is the legislature should look into why the names of some people think who they registered to vote or updated their voter registration address at a Registry of Motor Vehicles office or online do not show up on voter registration roles. Part of the problem is information travels too slowly from the Registry to the Secretary of State’s office and ultimately to the local election commissions. The other part of the problem is some people think they registered to vote or updated their voter registration address when they really didn’t. In person and online I suspect the process could be made clearer. Few people who want to vote are turned away. But why should any eligible citizen be denied their right to vote?