Osa Flory: Online voter registration makes its grand debut

Last modified: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor:

On June 23, Secretary of State William Galvin announced the launch of online voter registration, allowing Massachusetts citizens with signatures on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to fill out paperless voter registration applications over the Internet.

On this same day, members of the Northampton League of Women Voters were organizing to offer voter registration forms at the new citizen ceremony to be held in Northampton on Saturday, the Fourth of July. We will now offer paper forms as well as information on how to register online.

As we were buying black pens mandated in filling out the voter registration form, we told the store clerk about our mission. “I registered to vote online yesterday. It was easy!” she said. The form requires filling in party affiliation for primaries. “That was easy as well,” reported the clerk.

This new form has three choices instead of two choices of political parties: Democratic, Republican, Independent, plus the choice of unenrolled.

The clerk’s experience is wonderful news for all of us. Online voter registration is available now and one local person registered successfully and with ease.

The League of Women Voters of Northampton applauds Secretary Galvin’s office for its diligence and commitment to launching online voter registration early and fully. We look forward to working with the office to implement the remaining reforms, especially early voting.

Osa Flory


The writer is secretary of the Northampton Area League of Women Voters.


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