MA House Debates Automatic Voter Registration Bill

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- On Beacon Hill Wednesday, members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives are taking up a measure calling for automatic voter registration. Under that bill, citizens of the Commonwealth would be automatically registered to vote when they complete a transaction with the RMV or MassHealth.

Secretary of State Bill Galvin told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens he's supporting the bill up for debate in the house, because, he says, it'll make it a lot easier for people to register to vote.

"Hopefully with this additional change, we'll make it very easy so that everyone will be able to vote in the obviously important upcoming elections," Galvin said.

And when they are registered, some of those Massachusetts citizens could be voting for or against Galvin, who is in a re-election fight against Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim. Zakim was joined by supporters outside the State House Wednesday morning, calling for legislators to pass the bill.

"There are 13 states right now that have it," Zakim said. "It dramatically increases turnout, dramatically addresses issues of equity and access across demographics, and it's high time massachusetts had it."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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