Through litigation and advocacy, the ACLU is working to protect and expand access to the ballot, and fighting back against attempts to curtail an essential right in our democracy.
In 2014, Governor Patrick signed into law a set of important ACLU-backed measures, including early voting, online voter registration, pre-registration for 16-year-olds, and post-election audits to ensure every vote is properly counted – but we must do more. Following the 2016 election, the fight for voting rights remains as critical as ever.
The ACLU of Massachusetts has vocally advocated for automatic voter registration, which was passed in 2018. Automatic voter registration breaks down barriers to voting by automatically registering eligible Massachusetts residents through the Registry of Motor Vehicles and MassHealth. By modernizing how our voter registration system works, nearly 700,000 more eligible Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to engage in the democratic process.
On election days, the ACLU also monitors polling sites for voter challenges and intimidation, and provides voter registration information throughout the year.
Visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website to register to vote, find your polling location, learn about your ballot, and more.