Conservative folks have tried for ages to disenfranchise poor people, and especially people of color. They know that when they vote, they normally vote for their best interests and that’s for Democratic candidates. Apparently Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) isn’t like a normal Republican…because he just signed into law a bill that would automatically register people to vote.
When Massachusetts citizens have any kind of a transaction with the state’s Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) or through the state Medicaid program, MassHealth, they’ll be automatically registered. The office of the secretary of the Commonwealth announced the good news on Thursday, and said the new law would go into effect on January 1, 2020, and even thanked a bunch of organizations who helped get the bill passed.
Our office will begin preparations for automatic voter registration immediately.
— Mass SOC (@SecretaryOfMass) August 9, 2018
According to MassLive.com Carol Rose, the executive director of the ACLU in Massachusetts issued a statement saying
‘Voting should be simple, accessible, and protected, especially in light of national efforts to limit access to the polls. With automatic voter registration, Beacon Hill has acted to engage nearly 700,000 more eligible Massachusetts voters in the democratic process.’
Pam Wilmot, who’s the head of Common Cause Massachusetts, issued a statement about the new law too,
‘It is one of the strongest in the country and will make our voter registrations system more efficient, accurate, and secure while at the same time improving voter participation.’
This new law is a good thing, especially coming from a state with a Republican governor. Most Republicans would prefer that it be harder for people to vote. They understand that when more people vote, usually Republicans lose. The disenfranchisement dirty tricks they deploy actually hurt our democracy. But they’d prefer it if we weren’t a real democracy anyway.
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