Mayor Walsh Signs New Voter Access Ordinance

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(Carl Stevens/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signed an ordinance Monday designed to increase access to voter registration across the city.

The ordinance requires a number of locations, from community centers to public high schools, to make voter registration forms available and visible in central locations.

It was proposed by City Councilor Josh Zakim and passed unanimously by the council.

Mayor Walsh said he was happy to sign the ordinance because it will open doors of opportunity for many Bostonians and get them engaged in the democratic process.

"We can't pull them out to vote, that's up to the campaigns to do that," Walsh said. "But what we can do is encourage people to be registered to vote--and generally, when somebody registers to vote, they're gonna vote, because they're gonna be thinking about the fact that they are a registered voter in the city of Boston."

Zakim said it's all about getting more people involved in the business of democracy.

"When people have routine interactions with the City of Boston, we're going to do everything we can for them to be able to register to vote and be able to participate in our elections."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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