August 30, 2017

Advocates pounce as automatic voter registration now law in 10 states

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Sam Doran/State House News Service

Secretary of State William F. Galvin (here talking up the Sept. 8, 2016, state primary) is all about getting out the vote. Advocates are pushing automatic registration bills as more states get on board.

Illinois this week became the 10th state to adopt an automatic voter registration law, and election reform advocates in Massachusetts are using the news to call on Bay State lawmakers to approve similar legislation.

The law signed by Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner after unanimous passage in the Legislature there “creates more accessible and secure elections by automatically registering voters unless they opt out of the program,” members of the Election Modernization Coalition said in a statement.

“The new law will add roughly one million new eligible voters to the voter rolls,” said the statement, signed by Pam Wilmot of Common Cause Massachusetts, Meryl Kessler of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, Beth Huang of Mass Voter Table, Janet Domenitz of MASSPIRG, Cheryl Clyburn Crawford of MassVote and Jonathan Cohn of Progressive Massachusetts.

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