Voting and Election Reforms
Improving Knowledge About Voting Rights
01/19 - 01/23
Requires the Secretary of State to create a pamphlet that provides relevant information to formerly incarcerated persons about their voting rights and how elections are conducted in Massachusetts. Requires the DOC to distribute these pamphlets as people come out of custody.
relative to Candidate Reporting Requirements
This will require state legislative candidates to file one additional report covering the period Jan.1 – June 30 of an election year, to be filed in mid-July, while keeping the requirement for a report filed eight days before a primary, eight days before the general election and an end of year report. The bill would also change the reporting date from eight to fifteen days prior to a special election. This would give the public more information on campaign donors and further transparency and accountability.
Relative to Election Day Registration
This bill would allow otherwise eligible individuals to register to vote on the day of an election or primary, or during early voting, provided that the individual complies with required identification and residency requirements
relative to Early Voting Privacy and Expansion
Under this bill, early voting sites would have active vote recording machines so a voter may place their completed ballot directly into the machine, eliminating the current multi-envelope system. The envelope procedure is reasonably used for absentee ballots which are not completed on-site. But when a voter appears in person, legitimate privacy concerns can be addressed by making sure the ballot is processed at that time by the voter. This bill also expands early voting opportunities to include state and presidential primaries.