Should 537 votes in Florida decide a presidential election, when one candidate is beating the other by over more than half a million votes nationwide? Today’s Boston Globe says “no” to more Floridas, and “yes” to the National Popular Vote bill.
Should a person who can provide identification and proof of residence be allowed to register to vote on Election Day? “Yes,” says an article I co-authored in Friday’s Patriot Ledger.
MassVOTE believes it has never been a better time to strengthen our democracy. If passed, Election Day Registration can be implemented for November. The National Popular Vote, if passed by enough states, could go into effect for 2012. Once it happens, Massachusetts will no longer be a spectator in presidential elections, and we can guarantee there will be no more Florida debacles in the future.
The Globe highlights the two states with the highest turnout in the country in 2004: Minnesota and Wisconsin. Coming in third was Maine. What do these states have in common? All three are swing states, and all three have had Election Day Registration in place for over 3 decades.
What say you? Should the legislature move these bills? What bills are on your short list for the rest of the session?