It’s time to make it easier for eligible citizens to register to vote.

Now that same day voter registration is possible in Massachusetts, we should move forward toward a more secure and less expensive voter registration process.

Our state Legislature should pass the Automatic Voter Registration Act (AVR), S. 373 and H. 2091.

Passing this bill would allow eligible voters to automatically register when they interact with the Registry of Motor Vehicles or other state agencies. Residents always have the choice of opting out. Voters’ addresses and other information are updated, ensuring that we have the most accurate voting rolls possible.

This process also makes our electoral process more secure. Paper registration forms are eliminated. This lessens the chance of human error and increases the accuracy and security of our voter rolls. It also could save money in the long run. A recent study found that registering a new voter with AVR costs about 3 cents, compared to $3.54 using a paper registration form.

All eligible Massachusetts residents have the constitutional right to participate in our elections.

Why we need it:

• Approximately 10 percent of eligible Dartmouth voters are not registered — AVR will help give them a voice in our democracy.

• AVR will help protect the fundamental right of every American to have their vote counted on Election Day.

• AVR will improve the accuracy and security of our voter rolls.

• AVR could save Massachusetts money in the long run.

The AVR bill’s status in the Statehouse:

• The MA Town Clerks Association testified that they were “fine” with the bill if there was sufficient funding for implementation.

• Implementation costs can be easily and fully covered by the state’s Federal Help America Vote account.

Teresa Hamm

Dartmouth