ACTION ITEM: We are doing a postcard campaign for AVR – Automatic Voter Registration. The bills are S373/H2091 and are currently in the Joint Committee for Election Laws. Below is information about the bill, including talking points. OUR GOAL: Send 10 postcards in support of AVR between Oct. 1-15. You can send 10 to your Rep. or Senator (or both); 10 to committee chairs (if you’d like) and/or committee members. You can send one/day or send them in bulk on the same day. The idea is that this functions like a petition but it keeps arriving in the mail, day after day.
Overview of AVR: 180K of voting age citizens in MA aren’t registered. With AVR, every eligible citizen who interacts with the RMV and other voter registration agencies will be automatically registered unless they say no. At a time when the Supreme Court’s Shelby decision gutting the Voting Rights Act has opened the door to a voter restrictions in states across the country, Massachusetts should lead the charge for a better democracy.
Legislators address format:
Name of Legislator
24 Beacon Street
Room [ ]
Boston, MA 02133
Rep. Brad Hill – Room 128. Email: Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov
Rep. James Kelcourse – Room 130. Email email@example.com
Rep. James Lyons – Room 443. Email: James.Lyons@mahouse.gov
Rep. Lenny Mirra – Room 548. Email: Leonard.Mirra@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jerald Parisella – Room 156 Email: Jerald.Parisella@mahouse.gov
Sen. Bruce Tarr – Room 308. Email: Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov
* Sen. Joan Lovely – Room 413A. Email: Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov
* Sen. Kathleen O’Connor-Ives – Room 215 Email: Kathleen.OConnorIves@masenate.gov
*Note: Senator Lovely & Senator O’Connor-Ives have already cosponsored AVR. Send a THANK YOU!
Committee: Joint Committee on Election Laws
Anne M. Gobi – Senate Chair, Room 513
Michael Barrett – Senate Vice Chair, Room 416
John J. Mahoney – House Chair, Room 443
Kenneth Gordon – House Vice Chair, Room 466
Talking points for AVR:
- Voter fraud is virtually non-existent. According to the ACLU, only 31 credible allegations of voter fraud with over 1 billion votes cast. (See ACLU Fact Sheet)
- Every eligible citizen is on the rolls
- Only eligible citizens on the rolls
- Government takes responsibility for accurate maintenance of voter rolls
AVR changes our ‘opt-in’ model to ‘opt-out’ model
- The MA bills include joining the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), which 21 states have already adopted
- 32 states have introduced AVR legislation, 6 + DC have passed it.
Benefits of AVR:
- Increases voter registration, and by extension, participation in our democracy
- Increases accuracy of voting rolls
- Increased convenience for voters
- Reduces costs, saving taxpayer dollars in the long term
- ERIC anonymizes data, and checks registrations against other state records, resulting in more accurate data.