people are speaking — and our leaders are listening. Last week, the
state Legislature’s Committee on Elections Laws reported favorably
S.446, An Act Relative to Election Day Registration, a bill that would
bring Election Day Registration to Massachusetts for the first time.
It allows Massachusetts citizens 18 and over to register to vote on the same day for two elections: this year’s general presidential election, and the November general election in 2010. It is not a perfect bill, but it would be a major step forward for voters.
There is still a long way to go. The bill will need to win votes in the state Senate and the state House of Representatives before it can move on to the governor’s pen. But this committee vote represents a big step forward.
Here at MassVOTE, we salute the House Chair of Committee, Garrett Bradley, and his Senate counterpart, Ed Augustus, for their leadership, and thank the members of their staffs, including Geoff Richelew and Josh Krintzman, who have worked carefully on the details of the law. We also thank Secretary of State Bill Galvin, and his staff, including Michelle Tassinari and Michael Maresco, who have brought their expertise to the issue. Without lead sponsors Sen. Cynthia Creem and Rep. Gloria Fox, we wouldn’t be here today, and we have been lucky to have the help of dozens of other legislators.
Most of all, we are grateful to many organizations and hundreds of individuals who have made calls, sent e-mails and visited their legislators: Thanks for your help.