The history of democracy in Massachusetts is a story of innovation and change. In the 1790’s, only a small percentage of us could vote. Today, we can be proud that the right to vote is broadly available to adult citizens. But we should not be proud of our voter participation rates. Nearly half of all eligible voters will sit out the November 2 elections. By strengthening our vote-counting systems with regular audits, modernizing our antiquated voter registration system, and teaching Civics in every school, we can dramatically increase voter participation. It is time to do so.