VRM in the States: Massachusetts
Massachusetts currently has the Electronic Registration at DMVs component of Voter Registration Modernization in place, and has also passed Online Registration, which is not yet in effect. Massachusetts also has passed pre-registration, which is not yet in effect.
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.