Patrick catches Galvin’s Hail Mary pass on voter registration
As reported in the Fall issue of CommonWealth, after the failure of Election Day registration, Secretary of State William Galvin supported legislation that would allow certain people to vote in Tuesday’s election without resorting to casting a provisional ballot. With the general election right around the corner, such a move was the election administration equivalent of a Hail Mary pass.
Gov. Deval Patrick played wide receiver today with a big catch, signing into law an election change that would allow people who did not re-register within a year and a half of moving to go back to their former neighborhood polling places to vote.Will the plan create more problems than it solves? We’ll find out in less than a week, but suffice to say that city and town clerks won’t be too happy about this eleventh-hour hour move. For starters, the changes applies to state and national races only, leaving open the question of what happens with local contests.
Logo from the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office.