House Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill

House Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 3, 2018 

BOSTON - Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) joined her colleagues in the House of
Representatives on Wednesday, June 27th to pass legislation establishing an automatic voter
registration process for the state of Massachusetts. With the implementation of automatic voter
registration, the legislature sought to facilitate civic engagement for the 700,000 residents of
Massachusetts who are eligible to vote but are unregistered.
“The democratic process requires broad civic engagement that reaches across all demographics
to ensure that all are represented and heard.” said Rep. Joan Meschino. “Automatic voter
registration is a simple and convenient registration process that will promote participation among
all eligible citizens.”
The bill, H.4320, An Act relative to automatic voter registration, contains provisions that would
link voter registration to initial applications and information updates to the Registry of Motor
Vehicles and MassHealth. Rather than requiring eligible voters to opt-in to register, this
provision would instead create an opt-out process for eligible residents who may not wish to
register to vote. If passed by the Senate and signed into law, the measure would take effect
January 1, 2020.
State Representative Joan Meschino represents the 3rd Plymouth District, including the
communities of Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, and North Scituate. Rep. Meschino and her
Legislative Aide can be reached at the State House at 617-722-2320 or by email at
Joan.Meschino@MAHouse.gov. To learn more about Rep. Meschino’s legislative work, please
visit www.JoanMeschino.com.

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