State lawmakers working on legislation to regulate automatic voter registration

Boston Statehouse

House and Senate negotiators filed a compromise bill with the House clerk’s office on Thursday that would require voters to opt-out rather than opt-in.

Eligible citizens would automatically be registered to vote when they interact with the RMV.

The Division of Medical Assistance and the Health Connector Authority would also become automatic voter agencies but only information from RMV transactions would be used for registration purposes.

Dianne Carey, a resident of Westfield, told 22News automatic voting would make it easier for younger people to vote, “People that are just becoming old enough to vote, and I think younger people are better or more anxious to vote than when I was that age and of course we didn’t have the automatic.”

The House of Representatives has voted to approve the final version of the automatic voter registration bill. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week.

If the bill becomes a law, it will go into effect on January 1, 2020.

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