The members of the Arlington Democratic Town Committee, at their October meeting, passed a resolution urging our State Representatives to support S. 459 and H.805 – An Act fostering voter opportunities, trust, equity, and security (the “VOTES Act”) sponsored by Senator Cynthia Stone Creem and Representative John Lawn. The Senate has already passed its version of the bill. See https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H805/.
Both Arlington Representatives, Sean Garballey and David Rogers, are co-sponsors of the House bill. ADTC members hope they will fight hard for all its provisions, including no-excuse mail voting, in-person early voting, and voting rights for incarcerated persons, and hope that the House bill will include same-day registration, which twenty other states now have. These provisions align with the Democratic Party platform passed by the State Convention in September.