Statement on Partisan Senate Leadership Election Bill

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance (MassFiscal) made the following statement today in response to the Senate Democratic leadership proposing an election related bill that would make vote by mail permeant and includes same day voter registration.

Even without the passage of this legislation, any voter can already vote by mail by completing a no excuse absentee vote by mail request with their municipal clerk’s office. The Democratic Senate bill is S.459, and was only co-sponsored by Democratic members of the legislature.

“Today’s announcement has a very partisan tone to it. Anytime election law is changed, it should be done so with buy-in from both parties and many ideological voices. Unfortunately, today’s announcement looks more like posturing for Democratic Primary elections,” stated Paul Diego Craney, spokesperson for Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. 

Today’s Senate Democratic press conference included Senators Diana DiZoglio and Sonia Chang-Diaz, both of whom are running for higher office and are in their own Democratic primaries.

“Lawmakers should not be pursing policy to better their chances with insider primaries. Election integrity should not be compromised in order to help one or two politician’s political aspirations. Same day voter registration and making vote by mail permanent would be bad for Massachusetts and are being considered purely for partisan reasons,” concluded Craney.

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