BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts residents had until October 19th to register to vote in the General Election. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the state’s voter registration deadline, arguing that it unconstitutionally disqualifies thousands of people who would otherwise be eligible to vote.
The A.C.L.U. said early voting shows that the deadline was too early. People who registered by October 19th were able to participate in early voting five days later, but those who registered on October 20th aren’t able to vote nineteen days later on Election Day.
Gavi Wolfe of the A.C.L.U. told 22News that it makes no sense, especially in this day and age when technology allows people to register and vote on the same day. “Many other states have shorter deadlines and, in truth, more than a dozen states allow for Election Day registration.”
Secretary of State William Galvin oversees elections and voting in Massachusetts. Galvin told 22 News his office spent several months encouraging people to register to vote before the deadline.