We’ve got good news and bad news.
The bad: at the end of last week, after months of delays, the leadership of the Massachusetts State Senate decided not to hold a debate on the Election Reform Bill. Pre-registration for 16 and 17 year-olds will not become law this year. There will be no hand-check audits of precinct results in Massachusetts this year. City and town election administrators will still have the option to skip annual training on protecting the right to vote. And the Secretary of State still has not posted the voter registration form online, even though 48 other states have done so.
The good: the State House and the State Senate both passed resolutions calling on Congress to move an amendment to the Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling that corporations can spend unlimited money in elections.
Over 2,000 of you called your senators and representatives in support of all these reforms, and many more sent emails, signed petitions, and wrote letters. We can’t possibly thank you enough.
The fight continues. Our focus turns to November. Let’s get out the vote together.
Avi Green and Cheryl Crawford