VOTING

2020 IMPORTANT VOTER INFORMATION

DATES YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Massachusetts General Election – November 3, 2020

  • Sat Oct 24, 2020 at 8pm is the Voter Registration Deadline
  • Sat Oct 17 – Fri Oct 30, 2020 – is Early In-Person Voting
  • Wed Oct 28, 2020 at 12:00pm is Deadline to request Vote by Mail application via US Mail
  • Tues Nov 3, 2020 Is when Vote by Mail ballots must be mailed in. Vote by mail as early as possible.  

PROTECT & EXPAND VOTER RIGHTS: 

You can take action to help register more people to vote and provide voter education in MA and in key swing states including Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia.  Please participate with any of these groups as your time permits and help make our democracy work for all of us!

Safe Elections Network (SEN):
Safe Elections MA.org 
Given the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges this has created for safe voting the SEN was formed. It is a recent collaboration of Common Cause MA and many other organizations in MA including Indivisible Mass Coalition, working to safeguard our elections and voters in the Commonwealth during the upcoming elections. The new SEN website (as of August 2020) is designed as a “one-stop-shopping-place” for voters and everyone to find necessary information about the elections and ways to make them safe and successful. 

Massachusetts Voter Table
MAVotertable.org
The Massachusetts Voter Table integrates nonpartisan voter engagement with grassroots organizing. With our 23 coalition members, we fight for resources, representation, and power for communities of color, working-class people, new citizens, and youth in Massachusetts.

Alliance for Youth Action: 
Alliance for Youth Action
Focused on registering young voters in several states (typically in partnership with local organizations) and teaching organizing and leadership skills.
Current Super State Focus:  [More details on website]
Florida:  Engage Miami;  Georgia:  Georgia Shift;  Texas:  Move Texas;  
Ohio:  Ohio Student Association;  Colorado:  New Era Colorado

Fair Fight 2020:
Fair Fight!
As the result of massive voter disenfranchisement, Fair Fight 2020 was created by Stacey Abrams, and is building voter protection teams in Democratic state parties or with local allies across the country to protect the right to vote. Engagement varies by state, and the work complies with each state’s unique campaign finance laws. Started in Georgia and has expanded into several other states. Check the website for more details.

Voto Latino
Voto Latino
Focused on young Latinx activists, they have three approaches:  Civic engagement, issue advocacy, and leadership development. They’ve been very active (and successful) with voter registration drives and Get-Out-The-Vote in several states.
Current Super State Focus:  Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin

Field Team 6
Field Team 6
This highly effective group is:  “A national volunteer army with a simple mission:  Register Democrats. Save the world”.  They focus on training volunteers to register and educate Democrats in crucial battlefields across the country.

Vote Forward
Vote Forward.org
A nonprofit group empowering grassroots volunteers to help register voters from under-represented demographics and encourage them to vote. They coordinate with local and national organizations for voter registration and Get-Out-The-Vote initiatives.
Current Super State Focus: Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania.

America Votes:
America Votes: Protect Voters Now!
Works with over 400 state and national partner organizations on general voter registration issues including same-day registration, online registration, automatic registration, broader voting issues, and restoring voting rights.
Current Super State Focus:
Note:  America Votes “Core” category generally corresponds to “Super States”, currently including Florida and Colorado

Lift Every Vote
Lift Every Vote
A collaboration to fight voter suppression and support voting rights, voter registration, and vote integrity.  Outstanding and informative website. 
Current Super State Focus: Georgia, Wisconsin

Center for Common Ground:  Reclaim Our Vote:
Center for Common Ground.org
Focuses on underserved communities that require voter services including voter registration, photo ID review, restoring voting rights, and even rides to the polls.

Website has general voter information for MA (and all states).

Woke Vote:
Woke Vote.us
They invest in activating, long-term engagement, training, and developing new organizers and historically-disengaged voters of color.

Rock The Vote:
Rock The Vote.org
Uses a wide array of media and music venues to get young voters registered and to the polls. 

SPLC Voting Rights:
SPL Center.org
Through litigation, legislation, and education, they work on ending voter suppression and ensuring that everyone can make their voices heard at the ballot box.
States with critical actions include:  Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana.

Voter Protection Project:
Protect Voting.org
Advocates for an aggressive agenda expanding voting rights and fighting against voter suppression.  
Current Super State Focus:  Colorado, Florida, Ohio

VOTER EMPOWERMENT ORGANIZATIONS IN MASSACHUSETTS

Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – MA State Elections & Voting information
https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm

American Civil Liberties Association (ACLU) Massachusetts:
ACLU Massachusetts   (click on “Issues/ Voting Rights”)
For nearly 100 years, the American Civil Liberties Union has worked every day in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution, Bill Rights, and laws of the United States. 

Common Cause Massachusetts:
Common Cause.org
Common Cause MA is a very active group pioneering many voting reforms which helped write and pass an improved voting law this session. They have many resources with one of the best “go-to” sites for voting info. They are working on multiple initiatives around voting and election security:
Also contact Pam Wilmot, Director in MA for more information: causenet@commoncause.org

MassVOTE
https://www.massvote.org/
MassVOTE is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that seeks to increase voter participation in MA. It advocates for electoral justice for the sake of building a government truly representative of the people.  In 1999, a small group of community leaders came together to close the voter turnout gap between white, suburban areas and urban communities of color. 
Today MassVOTE works on a nonpartisan basis to increase voter registration, education, and participation in historically underrepresented communities in Massachusetts to promote social, economic, environmental, and racial justice.

Massachusetts Immigrant New Citizen Registration (MIRA):
MIRA Coalition.org
An important and effective organization offering information and services to immigrants. On voting, they provide information and training in “civic integration” including:  info and step-by-step instructions to obtain a MA REAL-ID, registering voters, and Get-Out-The-Vote to ensure that immigrant communities are active and represented in elections.

NAACP:
http://naacpboston.com/
The NAACP has a very long, distinguished record of securing voting rights and eliminating race-based discrimination. Nationally and with more than 2,000 “chapters” across the nation they work on voter registration, increasing voter turnout among the Black population, and building “relational organizing” in communities and on college campuses.

Massachusetts League of Women Voters:
LWVMA.org
The League of Women Voters (both locally and nationally) provides leadership on election reforms, and clear actionable information about many democratic processes. The MA League is currently partnering with the Election Modernization Coalition (including ACLU, Common Cause and others) to pass legislation permitting Election Day Registration in MA.

MASS Power:
Emancipation Initiative.org
Focused on restoring voting rights for people who are incarcerated.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ): 
Advancing Justice
Primary focus is on immigrant rights and citizenship. But an active voting rights team has an Election Day Protection Hotline, and a guide for Language Rights and Voting.

Fair Vote:
Fair Vote.org
They advocate for Ranked Choice Voting, collaborating with several other organizations, both in MA and nationally.

OTHER VOTER INFORMATION

NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATORS:
NCSL On-line voting registration
National Conference of State Legislators, providing information for the 40 states (and Wash. DC) with online voter registration: