Democracy

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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 and 80+ Organizations Celebrate Passage of Elections Bill

Critical legislation that will help keep elections safe, accessible, and participatory this fall in the face of threats posed by COVID-19 has been signed by Governor Baker. 

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Voting Rights Advocates Applaud Bill Passed by Senate; Urge Swift Action

This afternoon, the Senate unanimously passed S. 2755, after adopting amendments recommended by voting rights advocates. The bill would make changes necessary to ensure that our fall elections can remain accessible, participatory, and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure that the kind of administration breakdown that happened in Georgia and Wisconsin this spring does not happen in Massachusetts this fall.

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Voting Rights Groups Praise House Elections Legislation That Will Protect Voters

TheMassachusetts House of Representatives passed with overwhelming support a very strong reform to our election laws. The legislation will allow every voter who wants to vote from the safety of their own home to do so. The House has recognized the urgency of passing legislation to help protect our fall elections and moved quickly to help keep voters safe.

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Bill Would Expand Voting Options to Safeguard Massachusetts’ Fall Elections

Working with a coalition of voting-rights organizations, Rep. Michael Moran, Second Assistant Majority Leader, and Rep. John Lawn, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Election Laws, yesterday filed legislation to boost voting options for this fall’s elections. The legislation is sponsored in the Senate by Senators Eric Lesser and Adam Hinds. Other representatives and senators will be asked to sign onto the bill later today.

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Elections Advocates Call for Protecting Public Health and the Integrity of Elections in Massachusetts

The outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 poses immediate and severe threats to not only public health, but also to the integrity of elections and democratic institutions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

The Election Modernization Coalition urges officials in Massachusetts to act quickly to adopt reforms that will protect the right to vote in the midst of a crisis of indeterminate duration where public health officials recommend that people remain in their homes as much as possible, practice social distancing, and limit gatherings to less than 10 people. 

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Election Day Registration (EDR) Lobby Day Brought Constituents and Attorney General to Advocate for Reform

Organizations and Massachusetts residents dedicated to enhancing voting rights from around the Commonwealth gathered at the State House to advocate for Election Day Registration, also known as Same-Day Registration.

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