Published: 09/16/2021 8:04:37 PM
As Senators prepare to debate an electoral law that will likely allow future voters to register and cast a vote that same day loans, Governor Charlie Baker said Thursday that he was opposed in part because of “the complexity involved.” the process.
Baker said in a radio interview that he feared the same-day registration practice would mean too much work for election officials to monitor polling stations and put up ballot papers same day loans
“We have many, many options for people to register by election day, and many processes that are pretty easy to use to get there,” said the Republican governor on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio. “But I want the municipalities and the community to concentrate on one thing on election day, namely the counting of the votes.”
Under current law, the deadline for registering for voting ends 20 days before any election or regular city meeting and 10 days before any special city meeting.
As of 2020, eligible Massachusetts residents are automatically enrolled while completing various types of routine automotive registrations, MassHealth, and Commonwealth Health Connector transactions unless they opt out.
Proponents of voting rights say the ability to register and vote on the same day will improve residents’ engagement, especially those who move frequently.
Secretary of State William Galvin, a Democrat who serves as the state’s chief electoral officer, also tabled his own bill authorizing election day registration.
The chairmen of the Senate have announced that they will pass an electoral law in “early autumn” advanced legislation in July (S 459), which would make unexcused postal voting a permanent option in all elections and legalize same-day voter registration.
Twenty states and Washington, DC have introduced same-day voter registration, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
“It’s not complex: Failing to implement same-day registration disproportionately affects Black + Latinx turnout,” tweeted Ben Downing, a Democrat running for governor.