The League of Women Voters is supporting, advocating for, and encouraging our members to advocate for the VOTES Act, An Act Fostering Voting Opportunities, Trust, Equity, And Security, introduced in the General Court as H.805/S.459. The VOTES Act is the next step to make sure Massachusetts citizens can make their voices heard at the ballot box. It will make reforms that worked for voters last fall permanent, like mail-in voting and expanded early voting. It includes Same Day Registration, reforms to help eligible incarcerated people vote, and more. Its provisions are summarized here.
What can you do?
Ask your legislators to speed the passage of this bill, and to sign on as a co-sponsor if they have not already done so. The goal of the Election Modernization Coalition, a coalition of good government groups to which LWVMA belongs, is to encourage the Joint Committee on Election Laws to hold a hearing in the next two months on the bill, and then report a comprehensive election reform bill out of the committee so it can be brought to the floor for a vote in June. We want this bill passed before the temporary extension of last fall's voting reforms expires June 30. We need this bill in place to cover the city elections that will be held this fall.
Find your legislators at malegislature.gov under the "Legislators" tab. The pages for each legislator show the bills they are co-sponsoring, as well as providing e-mail links.
LWVMA is hosting a VOTES Act Virtual Lobby Lunch at noon on May 11. Register here.