Voting rights groups and Democrats have filed a lawsuit with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, alleging that the state has violated the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (the Motor Voter Bill) that requires that when applying for a driver’s license or welfare, the clerk must offer to register the applicant as a voter. A 35-year-old woman claimed that when applying for welfare, they failed to offer the opportunity to register to vote.
The state has settled the suit by agreeing to mail registration forms to all welfare recipients.
Amelia Warren Tyagi, the head of Demos, one of the voting rights groups involved in the suit, who also happens to be candidate Elizabeth Warren’s daughter. Senator Brown is claiming that as a result of this genetic tie, this push to uphold the law is a left-wing conspiracy. From Think Progress:
I want every legal vote to count, but it’s outrageous to use taxpayer dollars to register welfare recipients as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another. This effort to sign up welfare recipients is being aided by Elizabeth Warren’s daughter and it’s clearly designed to benefit her mother’s political campaign. It means that I’m going to have to work that much harder to get out my pro-jobs, pro-free enterprise message.
Brown might be on to something. There are signs for some sort of conspiracy when it comes to voter registration, but it’s not from the left. Scott Brown and the GOP don’t want you to vote. Low voter turnout favors the Republican party, which could explain why GOP-run states are trying to make it more difficult for you to vote, especially if you are part of a minority, poor, elderly or a college student.