In November, 2012, Massachusetts will vote for President and US Senate. You'll elect members of Congress and state legislators. The decisions we make on Election Day will affect us all. But not all of us will vote.
In the last presidential election, in 2008, over 1 million eligible adult citizens didn't vote. In the mid-term election in 2010, over 2 million eligible citizens didn't vote. As a result, the electorate was less diverse, older, and wealthier as than the population as a whole.
For those of us who do vote, there are still worries. The voting machines used in Massachusetts to count ballots are not subject to random audits. If there was a programming error or machine failure, you might never know.
That's not the worst of it. Since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in January, 2010, corporations have been free to make unlimited expenditures to elect politicians that support their agenda or defeat those who stand against them.
MassVOTE believes we can do better. If you want a Massachusetts where every citizen is educated, registered to vote, and activated on Election Day; if you want a Massachusetts where you can be absolutely sure your ballot is counted accurately; and if you want a Massachusetts where people, not corporations stand at the center of our democracy, then join us today.