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Massachusetts governor enacts automatic voter registration measure

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R). Photo: Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Gov. Charlie Baker (R). Photo: Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker on Thursday signed a bill to automatically add residents to voter rolls when they get their driver’s licenses or health insurance through the state.

Why it matters: Massachusetts is now the 14th state, including the District of Columbia, to adopt the automatic voter registration law. Residents have the option to opt-out if they don’t want to register to vote. The measure will go into effect in January 2020.