Jan 16, 2014

Fwd: Important vote TODAY in MA Senate on voting rights bill




Can you call State Senator Stephen Brewer right now?

Tell him: "Support the election modernization bill [S.1975] with amendments today!"

State Senator Stephen Brewer
Phone: (617) 722-1540

Report Your Call!

Dear MoveOn member,

There's an important vote happening today in the state senate that could help expand voting access in Massachusetts and your state senator needs to hear from you right now.

The election modernization bill (S.1975) is coming up for a vote TODAY. It includes important provisions that would make voting in Massachusetts easier, faster, and better, like allowing online voter registration and early voting. It also includes amendments that would expand voting rights even further. If passed, these would be the first major voting reforms in Massachusetts in 20 years and a huge step forward.1

But for that to happen, your state senator needs to hear from you RIGHT NOW, before the vote, to know that you support this bill and the effort to expand voting rights.

Can you call State Senator Stephen Brewer right now and urge him to vote for the election modernization bill (S.1975) and support all efforts to expand voter participation?

State Senator Stephen Brewer
Phone: (617) 722-1540

Here's some more background on today's vote from our allies at MassVOTE:

This past November the State House passed a bill with online voter registration (a great reform) and form of early voting.  Now as the bill heads to the Senate floor I need your help to make sure the bill is the strongest it can be.  The Senate bill includes online voter registration, strengthens the early voting passed in the House to include weekend hours, and adds pre-registration to increase youth participation. 

We also want to see amendments added for post-election audits to make sure our voting machines are accurate, and Election Day registration so voters can register or update their registration on Election Day and cast a ballot, so that no eligible voter is turned away from the polls.

This bill is not just a chance to make Massachusetts elections better. It's also a chance to send a powerful message to other states. Right now voting rights are under attack across the country. Last year, eight states passed laws to restrict voting access and voting rights and this year Republicans are expected to introduce similar legislation in over 25 states. These bills aim to do everything from purging voter rolls, to ending early registration, to requiring new photo ID's to vote. These bills disproportionately affect people of color, seniors, women, young people, and low-income voters.

But in states across the country, progressives are starting to fight back. Progressive legislators in dozens of states are starting to introduce legislation that contains many of the same provisions as the Massachusetts' bill. So lawmakers across the country are looking to see what Beacon Hill is going to next.

Strong support for an election reform bill in Massachusetts could be the first step in turning the tide of a wave of voter suppression efforts that states across the nation are facing.

Can you call your state senator right now in support of voting rights?

Here's where to call:

State Senator Stephen Brewer
Phone: (617) 722-1540

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

http://civ.moveon.org/call?tg=SMA_038&cp_id=2023&id=86474-17630246-V_tglYx&t=2

Thanks for all you do.

–Milan, Stefanie, Garlin, Justin, and the rest of the team

Sources

1. "Massachusetts Senate to consider allowing early voting," MassLive.com, Jan. 14, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=296179&id=86474-17630246-V_tglYx&t=3

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/Senate/S1975


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