#AVRinMA: Secretary Galvin endorsed H.4320, Automatic Voter Registration!

From Springfield Republican/MassLive:

Secretary of State Galvin on Thursday endorsed a bill to implement automatic voter registration and stressed the importance of passing it this year.

Galvin, the state's top elections official, said his office will need time to implement the change, in order for people to be automatically enrolled to vote in time for the 2020 presidential election.

"If I could snap my fingers and make it happen, I would, but I can't. My fingers aren't that good," Galvin said. "I have to work, we need time."

The automatic voter registration proposal, H.4320, was reported favorably out of the Election Laws committee and is now pending before the Ways and Means Committee, which will determine how much it will cost.

Under the legislation, the Registry of Motor Vehicles and MassHealth would automatically register citizens to vote when they complete a RMV or MassHealth transaction. A person would be notified and could choose to opt out.

Massachusetts would be the first state to automatically enroll people using its Medicaid program, although New York and Kentucky both enroll voters through multiple social service agencies. Ten states and Washington, D.C. have some form of automatic voter registration, generally through a registry of motor vehicles database.

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