State Senate approves automatic voter registration bill

Boston Statehouse

The Senate passed the automatic voter registration bill on Thursday, joining the House in bringing automatic registration to Massachusetts by 2020.

The bill would allow Massachusetts residents to be automatically registered to vote when receiving services from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, MassHealth, and other participating state agencies.

It would be implemented by the Secretary of State and it will reinforce voter data-security, verifying citizenship information.

The bill seeks to increase voter registration while also combating voter fraud. Springfield’s Election Commission told 22News, they like the concept.

“It’s another opportunity for them to have an outlet to register,” said Gladys Oyola, election commissioner of Springfield. “Right now we have a voter registration in office, by mail, online at the Secretary of State’s website, so this is just kind of an added convenience and I think it’s going to be really touching the lives of maybe younger voters.”

Citizens who change their addresses with the RMV or with MassHealth will have their voter registration updated automatically.

The legislation now goes back to the House for consideration.

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