The report looked specifically at states’ compliance with two key directives of the NVRA:
- Election administrators may systematically remove ineligible voters from voter rolls at any time except within 90 days of a federal election.
- Election administrators must notify voters that they will be dropped from the rolls if the administrators believe that the voters have moved to another precinct.
Massachusetts was found to be one of 19 states which was “unaware of the 90-day requirement; the state statutes made no mention of the deadline and the election officials were unaware of one.” It was one of only nine states whose elections representative “states that the rolls can be changes at any time, with no deadlines at all.” It was unclear from the report who this “representative” was, but it could have been either Galvin himself or a lawyer in the Elections Division. Lastly, Massachusetts was one of eleven states which does not “enforce the notification rule properly.” According to the report, Mass. “either do[es] not require notices to be sent or do[es] not require them to be sent to all those mandated by the NVRA to receive them.”
Does the state purge voters from the rolls within 90 days of a federal election or don’t they? Do they properly notify all the voters scheduled to be purged? According to the, the state’s Elections Division is unaware of the Motor Voter provisions and lacks the mechanisms for enforcing them, so who knows.
I called the Elections Division to ask for myself, but the representative I spoke to had never even heard of the “Motor Voter Act.” Wow. He said he would have to get back to me by email, and if I get a response, I’ll update this post with it.