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By | Andre Delattre
Executive Director, U.S. PIRG

There’s a lot unfolding in Washington, D.C., right now, and you may be wondering: “What can I do to voice my concerns?”

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Winning voter reforms in Massachusetts

MASSPIRG helped win two important reforms to engage new voters and give all citizens an equal opportunity to vote. We fought for and won online voter registration, which allows residents with state IDs or driver’s licenses to register to vote online. We also won early voting, which allows residents to vote 11 business days before Election Day.   

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Voting Rights Advocates Applaud Progress on Comprehensive Voting Bill

Boston, MA --Voting rights advocates, public interest groups and a network of state and local organizations praised the decision Monday by the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Elections Laws to send the VOTES Act to the Senate Ways and Means Committee, the first step in bringing the comprehensive voting bill up for a vote.

Opening up our "Open Meetings"

By | Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

MASSPIRG strongly supports the passage of An Act to Modernize Participation in Public Meetings, H.3152 & S.2082, filed by Representative Denise Garlick and Senator Jason Lewis along with a bi-partisan group of more than 60 lawmakers.

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Marquee Voting Reform Law Gets Public Hearing

BOSTON -- “An Act Fostering Voter Opportunities Trust, Equity, and Security,” better known as the VOTES Act, received widespread support from advocates and lawmakers during a hearing today. The bill, which was lauded by a range of supporters as being a comprehensive and meaningful way to improve elections in Massachusetts, has strong momentum with over 100 cosponsors in the state legislature. 

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ADVISORY: Public Hearing on Legislation to Improve Massachusetts’ Elections

A major piece of voting reform legislation comes before the Joint Committee on Election Laws at their hearing on Wednesday, May 19 at 1pm. The hearing will include public input on An Act Fostering Voting Opportunities, Trust, Equity and Security or, the VOTES Act (H 805 and S 459) which is supported by over 100 local and state organizations. Bill sponsors, advocates, and election-law experts will testify in support of this landmark legislation, which will make our democracy more accessible and equitable through establishment of mail-in voting, early voting, same-day registration, and more. See our bill summary for details.

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