VRM in the States: Massachusetts

February 1, 2017

Advances in Voter Registration Modernization

  • Electronic Voter Registration: Massachusetts launched electronic voter registration at Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) offices in 1995, and fully eliminated use of paper for RMV-based voter registration in 2000. Individuals submit information on a paper form and clerks input responses electronically. Registrants sign an electronic pad to create a digital signature. The information is transferred electronically to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office each night.
  • Online Voter Registration: Massachusetts launched online voter registration through the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office in 2015. Eligible citizens with a state driver’s license or non-driver ID can use the system to register to vote and update their registration information.