MA House of Representatives Passes VOTES Act
BOSTON – Tuesday, June 21, 2022 – Last Thursday, June 16, Representative Bill Driscoll Jr. (D-Milton) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in passing the VOTES Act.
The VOTES Act (S.2924) was passed by both the House and Senate and has been sent to Governor Baker to be signed into law. This bill expands upon some of the features that were enacted during the 2020 election and led to some of the highest voter turnout rates in recent history. An Act fostering voter opportunities, trust, equity and security, will make mail-in voting and other voting capabilities permanent, encouraging continual voter participation in the Commonwealth. This legislation will lift previous barriers that inhibited some from participating in local, state, and federal elections.
This legislation enacts several initiatives in order to broaden and solidify voter access across Massachusetts:
Mail-In and Early Voting allows individuals to vote by mail, and ahead of election day
Voting Access for Incarcerated Individuals will be upheld for those eligible, ensuring access to the relevant materials
Automatic Voter Registration gives individuals the option to opt-out of registering after an Automatic Voter Registration transaction, which has proven to increase voter registration
Implement an Electronic Registration Information Center which will keep Massachusetts voter rolls updated