Fair and secure elections are critical to a healthy democracy. This interactive forum will focus on current assaults on voter registration, explore common sense solutions to issues surrounding voter suppression, and discuss how ordinary citizens can help advocate for secure and fair elections.
Strict ID requirements, voter purges, CrossCheck, raids on voter registration organizations, and felon disenfranchisement prevent too many US citizens from registering and staying registered to vote. The panel will explore the national voter registration landscape and how organizations throughout the U.S. and Massachusetts are advocating for common sense, bipartisan solutions to voter disenfranchisement practices.
The panel will also focus on Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) legislation currently pending in the Massachusetts legislature (S. 373 and H. 2091). Every country in the G20 registers its voters through AVR. In the U.S., ten states plus the District of Columbia have already passed this reform. In Massachusetts—where more than 600,000 residents are eligible, but unregistered, to vote—AVR is poised to change this outcome. It will modernize voter registration, increase voting rates, and result in more accurate records, less paperwork, and reduced costs to taxpayers.