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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2545         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 582

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Sean Garballey

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to establish permanent voter registration for registered voters who move within the Commonwealth.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2545        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 582

By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 582) of Sean Garballey and others for legislation to establish permanent voter registration for registered voters who move within the Commonwealth.  Election Laws. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 296 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to establish permanent voter registration for registered voters who move within the Commonwealth.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

                               SECTION 1:  After Section 63 of Chapter 51 of the Massachusetts General Laws , the following new Section is added:

                               “Section 64: Electronic Updating of the Annual Register of Voters and Central Voter Registry by the State Secretary.

              Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the State Secretary shall obtain data from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and the United States Postal Service, in order to ascertain whether any persons, who otherwise already have a valid and complete affidavit of voter registration, have changed their address within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

                               At least every three months, the State Secretary shall seek such information from the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the US Postal Service.  These agencies shall electronically transmit to the State Secretary information for persons who have changed their address within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the past three months, including, where available:

                               (i)              Name, Current Address, Mailing Address, Date of Birth, Identification # (Driver’s License Number  or Last 4 digits of Social security Number), 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 the management of elections.

                               (iv)              If information is sent because it has changed since the last transmission from the source agency, the source agency shall transmit both the new information and the old information, labeled accordingly.

                               If the information transferred reflects a person already included in the Central Registry of Voters as a duly registered voter, and if the information reliably indicates a more recent update to the person’s name or address than is currently contained in the Central Registry of Voters, the State Secretary shall ensure that the person’s records in the Central Registry of Voters  are updated accordingly, and shall alert the appropriate municipal registrars to update the person’s records in their annual register of voters accordingly.

                               The State Secretary shall ensure that each voter whose address is changed in the Central Registry of Voters is promptly sent written notice of the change and their new voting location.   Any notice required by this section may be sent with other notices required or permitted by law.”

                               SECTION 2: This Act shall take effect 1 year from the date of passage.

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