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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2543        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 581


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Sean Garballey


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 establishing online voter registration.






Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2543        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 581

By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 581) of Sean Garballey and others for legislation to establish online voter registration.  Election Laws. 


SEE SENATE, NO. 298 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act establishing online voter registration.


              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.  Section 33 of Chapter 51 of the General Laws is herby amended by inserting after Section 33 the following section:-

              Section 33A.  The state secretary will create and maintain an online portal allowing citizens to complete an affidavit of registration online.  Such registration will be transmitted by the secretary to the appropriate local registrar.  The online affidavit will use the registrants’ signature from the Registry of Motor Vehicles records; the Registrar of Motor Vehicles shall make appropriate provisions to facilitate the electronic transfer of the image of the signature to the Central Voter Registry.  If such signature cannot be found using the online affidavit of registration form the applicant will be so informed and given the option to print the affidavit of registration, append their signature, and mail it directly to the appropriate registrar of voters.  Nothing in this section shall be construed to change any registration deadline or qualification of voting.

              Section 2.  Section 42H of Chapter 51 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after the word “delivery”, the following words:-, "and through the online portal."

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