BOSTON (WWLP) - A coalition of voters' rights groups say long lines and old equipment slow down state elections.
Voter rights groups say three hour wait times and malfunctioning voting machines gave some Massachusetts voters a tough time during last year's presidential election.
They're calling for an update on election laws to modernize the state's election process. State lawmakers have filed legislation that requires voting machines to be randomly checked by comparing machine ballot counts with manual ballot counts. Voter rights groups also want online voter registration to cut down on costs and give voters a convenient option to register for elections.
"Early voting, we need to have online voter registration, auditing our election equipment so we assure they are working properly," Executive Director of Common Cause Pam Wilmot said.
UMass Sophomore Shawna Upton said, "Just making it more convenient for people, especially come election day, people don't have time to wait in those big long lines. If there could just be a fix-all, a quick online website I definitely think it will make a huge difference."
Supporters of updated elections laws want to expand early voting options by letting voters cast ballots at supervised locations up to two weeks before Election Day.
They also want pre-registration for 16-year-olds so that Massachusetts has young people on the rolls and encourages them to vote when they turn 18.