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Massachusetts Democrats believe that voting is a right, not a privilege, and that every step should be taken to ensure that all eligible citizens vote in every election by eliminating voter participation barriers. This means that registration should be made as easy as possible, polls should be safe and accessible, the voting process should be quick and efficient, and no citizen should be denied access to the polls. We believe every vote should be counted and that all ballots cast should produce an independent auditable record. Massachusetts Democrats Support:
  • Efforts to register, educate, mobilize, and turnout voters of all ages, especially newly eligible voters;
  • Offering same day registration, early voting and no excuse absentee ballots;
  • Increasing voter participation among underrepresented communities, especially by increasing fairness in redistricting and poll location assignments, including demographic considerations;
  • Taking steps to assure that deployed service members will receive and be capable of casting a valid and effective ballot in any election;
  • Easing barriers for limited English-speaking voters, including providing bilingual or multilingual services when warranted;
  • Resisting efforts to impose new and unnecessary requirements to voting, such as voter ID laws which disproportionately disenfranchise minority, low income, disabled, elderly, and new voters;
  • Well trained, unbiased and voter-friendly poll workers who enhance the voter experience;
  • Voting systems that guarantee that every ballot is counted and secure and that provide an auditable paper trail;
  • Eliminating impediments for women, minority, and disabled individuals to run for public office; and
  • Public funding of elections.