Please join us in a panel discussion about the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act at Emmanuel College. We hope you’ll join us. We’ll have a chance to talk about how far we’ve come and about what work is still to be done. The event is free and open to the public — bring a friend.
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We the People Act
For a U.S. Constitutional Amendment and Amendments Convention
Massachusetts Legislation for 2015
The Problem: “We, the People” no longer govern
The U.S. Supreme Court, in Citizens United v. FEC and other rulings, has given corporations and other artificial entities constitutional rights that our Founders intended only for human beings. Using the Bill of Rights, wealthy individuals and corporations have persuaded the courts to overturn state and federal campaign finance laws and many ...Continue Reading →
Re-precincting the City of Boston
(Rep. Michlewitz HD.674)
Save money. Shorten lines on Election Day. Draw Fair Precinct Lines in Boston.
Every 10 years, all the cities and towns in Massachusetts draw new precinct lines. They use US Census data to make sure that every precinct has an equal number of people. Nearly every city except – Boston. For more than 50 years, Boston has not drawn new precinct lines because of an outdated special ...Continue Reading →
(Rep. Garballey HD. 646, Sen. Chang-Diaz SD. 391)
Permanent Registration ensures that eligible voters retain their right to vote while eliminating excess administrative work.
- Permanent Registration ensures that once a voter registers in Massachusetts, they remain registered. Voters can move to a new address within the state without having to re-register.
- Current law requires individuals to re-register when they move. Processing re-registration forms creates a large workload for election administrators as well as additional costs in ...
MassVOTE’s Recommended Legislation for 2015-2016
Please support these measures to modernize election laws and promote free and fair elections.
- We the People Act – Once again calls on the US Congress to pass a constitutional amendment affirming that Congress and the states can limit campaign spending and makes clear that corporations are not people with constitutional rights. Additionally, if Congress does not propose an amendment within 6 months, this legislation petitions for a convention to propose amendments to ...
Electronic Registration Information Center
(Rep. Moran HD. 3450)
Keep voting lists up to date and target new voters through participation in the Electronic Registration Information Center.
What is the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC)?
- ERIC uses advanced technology to compare information on eligible voters from official data submitted by member states, such as voter registration rolls and motor vehicle records, as well as U.S. Postal Service addresses and Social Security death records.
- States can also receive reports from ...
Election Day Registration
(Rep. Fox HD. 3137, Sen. Creem SD. 1813)
Election Day Registration is an essential tool for registering all eligible citizens and attracting more individuals into the political process.
- Under the current law, eligible Massachusetts voters must register 20 days prior to Election Day. Those who miss the deadline cannot vote. With 1 in 10 people moving within Massachusetts each year, the current law works to disenfranchise a large number of eligible voters who have not had ...
Last night the Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved cutting edge legislation to require real-time disclosure of donors to SuperPACs and other groups and would shed light on the huge influx of money expected in the 2014 gubernatorial race. The bill had previously been approved in similar form by the Massachusetts House of Representatives 143-4 last month.
“Average citizens’ voices are being drowned out by a deluge of money from ultra-wealthy donors and special interests, much of it undisclosed” said Pam Wilmot, ...Continue Reading →