Automatic Voter Registration Goes Into Effect In Massachusetts

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Voting in Massachusetts just got a little easier. Automatic voter registration was among the new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1 in the state.

This comes just weeks ahead of the Feb. 12 deadline to register to vote in the 2020 presidential primary.

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Massachusetts Sees New Laws Go Into Effect In 2020

Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said those who apply for or renew their driver's license or state ID card at the RMV will automatically be registered to vote, unless they opt out.

"Also, it applies to MassHealth and the CommonHealth Connector. That's a first time relationship we've had with them," Galvin said. "The reason we're only dealing with these agencies is they verify citizenship as a part of the application process."

Galvin said this will be especially helpful for those who move from one community to another so that they don't have to re-register.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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