SECTION 1. Chapter 51 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 official edition, is amended by adding the following section:
Section 47D. The registry of motor vehicles, and any other state agency, shall provide data, as deemed necessary by the state secretary, for the purposes of maintaining accurate and complete voter lists. At least every 2 months, the registry of motor vehicles, and any other state agency the secretary designates, shall electronically transmit to the secretary all data as directed by the secretary and relevant to the purposes of voter registration, including, if available, the following record fields: (i) name, current address, mailing address, date of birth, driver’s license number and/or last 4 digits of the social security number, and telephone number; (ii) date, time, and nature of the last change to the information; and (iii) any additional information designated by the state secretary for such purposes and reasonably related to maintaining accurate and complete voter lists.
The secretary shall provide the names and addresses and other data contained in said central registry, as well as information received from the registry of motor vehicles and any other agency received for the purpose of maintaining accurate and complete voting lists, to the Electronic Registration Information Center (“ERIC”) after entering into a binding legal agreement with ERIC specifying the terms and conditions of Massachusetts’s membership in the Center.
The secretary shall implement if practicable a centralized system to manage and evaluate data received from ERIC to send mailings to voters centrally rather than from the local level. In the absence of such central management, if any actions regarding possibly inaccurate information in the voter registry requires any action by the registrars, the secretary shall provide any such information to the registrars in electronic form and in a manner minimizing data management at the local level.
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