Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, today released the following statement in response to Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin’s endorsement of a bill that would let the Registry of Motor Vehicles and MassHealth automatically register eligible Massachusetts residents to vote:

“Voting is the bedrock of our democratic process, and increased voter participation makes our democracy stronger. Voting in Massachusetts should be simple, accessible, and protected, especially in light of the Trump administration’s push to limit access to the polls. By modernizing how our voter registration system works, automatic voter registration helps promote access to the ballot and makes registering to vote easier. It’s time for Massachusetts to join the growing national trend and pass automatic voter registration.”