Settlement: Voter Cards Must Be Offered To Eligible Voters in Massachusetts

March 19, 2015 | | Associated Press |

Massachusetts residents applying for welfare must be offered voter registration cards and other information under a settlement reached between voting rights groups and the Baker administration.

The groups pushing for the settlement with the state Department of Transitional Assistance said Thursday that the agreement will bring Massachusetts into compliance with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which requires public assistance offices to offer voter registration services to eligible citizens.

The suit was filed in 2012.

The agreement, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, requires the automatic distribution of voter registration applications to people applying for public assistance as well as to those renewing assistance benefits or changing their addresses. [...]

Lisa Danetz, legal director for Demos, a New York-based think tank that supported the suit, said the 2012 agreement to send out the notices didn’t end the dispute, but was an interim measure to help bolster the voting rights of welfare recipients.