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Massachusetts: election day registration hearing

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports: Backers of election-day voter registration believe Massachusetts could see a double-digit spike in voter turnout if people could register and vote all at once.

At a hearing yesterday at the Statehouse, state Sen. Edward M. Augustus Jr., D-Worcester, co-chairman of the legislative committee on Election Laws and a co-sponsor of an election-day registration bill, said people who are busy with their day-to-day lives deserve a more convenient path to the voting booth. ...

Secretary of State William F. Galvin testified in favor of the proposed legislation yesterday but expressed some reservations about the way it would be implemented.

Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray also testified in support, with a reminder that he and Gov. Deval L. Patrick were elected on a day of record voter turnout. The campaign registered and turned out thousands of new voters last fall. -- Same-day voter registration recommended

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