SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield has 94,000 registered voters. On Election Day in 2018 only 9,000 came to the polls.
City officials are going to the phones and doorsteps of registered voters to increase voter turnout on Election Day in 2019.
Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman has introduced an ordinance that would require all registered voters to receive postcards and robocalls that have important information voters should know weeks ahead of election day.
The robocalls and postcards would include the election date, the polling location for that registered voter, who’s running for office and any possible questions that would be on the ballot.
“There’s a lot of people moving into Springfield and a lot of them don’t know where to vote,” Springfield resident Daylanys Alvarez said.
“Often times newly registered voters who just move to a community won’t get that outreach from candidates because they don’t have that established voting record yet. By doing this, by notifying voters it will encourage candidates to cast a wider net when speaking with constituents.” Lederman said.
Postcards would be received 30 days prior to election day. The city’s “all call system” would call voters 14 days prior to the municipal election.
The current legislation is a draft and would require approval from the General Government Committee.