By Bob Katzen
The Senate 10-29, rejected an amendment that would require the RMV to provide information on the holder of a Massachusetts driver’s license to any city or town clerk requesting information to verify the identity and eligibility of any individual using a Massachusetts license to vote or to register to vote.
Amendment supporters said this would ensure that anyone who receives a Massachusetts license who is not eligible to vote is not accidentally registered to vote. “The bill does very little to prevent the issue of an undocumented citizen using their driver’s license to register to vote,” said Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton). “This poses a challenge to the integrity of the process to register to vote, because city and town clerks will not be able to determine whether or not an individual is eligible to register. My amendment would add strength to the security of this process by ensuring that Massachusetts is in compliance with the law that enables U.S. citizens to vote.”
Amendment opponents said getting a driver’s license has nothing to do with a person’s ability to vote. They noted there are many non-citizens, such as green card recipients, who have earned a license but are not eligible to vote.
(A “Yes” vote is for the amendment. A “No” vote is against it).
Sen. Patricia Jehlen No