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Protect Massachusetts Elections

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The right to vote in a free and fair election system is the most basic civil right of which the citizens of Massachusetts depend. The public must have confidence and trust in the outcome of our elections. Rules governing the conduct of elections are constitutionally entrusted to the state legislatures and cannot be changed suddenly.

The Massachusetts constitution states that elections are to take place on a specific election day. Ballot integrity is essential and must be prioritized over convenience. Our voter rolls must be accurate only the legal votes must be counted. The citizenship of voters must be verified upon registration and the opportunity to register must be limited to citizens only.

Voters should be required to validate their identity with government issued photo ID when voting in person and when voting by absentee ballot. Ballot harvesting by all third parties must be banned. Only a voter, member of his or her immediate family or a designated caregiver should be allowed to deliver an absentee ballot personally.

Absentee ballot should be reserved to those individuals who are too disabled to voter in person or who will be out of town on election day. Election observers must be given complete access to the election process. Vote counting must begin only when the poles close and should not be paused. No electronic machines in polling locations should be connected to the internet. Same day voter registration must be prohibited. There should be no automatic voter registration and there should be no private funding of federal, state or local elections.

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