Mass. Voter Registration Cutoff Unconstitutional, Judge Says

Law360, New York (July 24, 2017, 4:47 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts state judge said Monday the commonwealth's requirement that citizens register to vote 20 days before an election is unconstitutional and unnecessary to avoid fraud or ensure an orderly election.

Superior Court Associate Justice Douglas H. Wilkins said the state's early voting law implemented in 2016 proves that it is possible for voters to cast their ballots a mere five days after registration closes. The 20-day deadline, implemented in the 1990s, is technologically outdated, with more than a dozen states proving that same-day registration is now possible, the court said.

"The Legislature may pass laws that are necessary to ensure...

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