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Hearing Today on Bay Staters' Right to Vote in Tuesday's Election

The ACLU will be in court this morning, asking a judge for emergency relief so that three Bay State residents can vote Tuesday. (Mass.Gov)
The ACLU will be in court this morning, asking a judge for emergency relief so that three Bay State residents can vote Tuesday. (Mass.Gov)
November 7, 2016

BOSTON -- A court will decide Monday whether three Bay Staters will get to cast a ballot on Election Day. It's part of a bigger challenge to the Commonwealth's 20-day voter registration cutoff law.

Legislative counsel Gavie Wolfe with the ACLU of Massachusetts said the courts take voting rights very seriously, and that's why they are asking for emergency relief. The hearing concerns the rights of three Bay Staters to vote in this election, he said, and while that may be a small number of individuals, the issue is much larger, because the right to vote is the bedrock of democracy.

"We're going to ask the court to let these three individuals, who were not able to to register before the 19th, vote on Tuesday,” Wolfe said. "We hope that they are able to vote, because they want to participate."

The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. at Suffolk Superior Court.

Wolfe said that while the voting rights of these three Bay Staters need to be resolved immediately, the bigger issue won't be decided by the court until after Election Day.

"We are asking the court to declare that the 20 day voter cutoff law is unconstitutional because it disenfranchises people in an unreasonable way,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe reminded Bay Staters that, for those already registered to vote, all they need to do is show up at their polling places.

"You do not need to present the ID at the polls,” he said. "The only reason you would need to is if you are a first-time voter in Massachusetts in a presidential election and you registered by mail, and in doing that you didn't submit a copy of your ID at the time of registration."

The polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. statewide.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - MA