Voter Registration Deadlines Remain In Massachusetts While Judge's Ruling Is Appealed
Despite a judge’s ruling, voters in Massachusetts will still need to register in advance to cast ballots in upcoming municipal elections.
A judge’s ruling that voter registration deadlines in Massachusetts are unconstitutional will not change the requirement that people be enrolled 20 days prior to next month’s preliminary election, according to Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola.
" The word is from the Secretary of State's office is that we are to continue business as usual," said Oyola.
The ACLU of Massachusetts which filed the lawsuit challenging the 20-day registration cutoff said the effect of the ruling is on hold while the case is on appeal.
The Secretary of State’s office contends doing away with the registration deadline will impose an expensive burden on local officials to conduct elections.