BOSTON – On Monday Massachusetts House of Representatives Minority Leader Bradley Jones (R-North Reading) announced that he is appointing State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk), a former town clerk in Norfolk, to the conference committee that will be authoring the final compromise version of the automatic voter registration bill recently passed in both the House and Senate. The bill, which revamps the Commonwealth’s current voter registration system by automatically registering anyone who interacts with MassHealth or the RMV to vote, was passed in the House of Representatives on June 27th and in the Senate on Monday. The versions passed by each chamber are slightly different, mainly in regards to the technical processes used to actually register the voters, so the conference committee, consisting of 3 members from each chamber, must iron out these differences and create a final version of the bill to send to Governor Charlie Baker. Dooley will be joined by fellow Representatives Michael Moran (D-Boston) and John Mahoney (D-Worcester) as well as Senators Cynthia Creem (D-Newton), Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), and Ryan Fattman (R-Webster) on the committee.
“As a former Town Clerk who has an in-depth knowledge of Massachusetts election laws, Shawn was the natural choice to be the conferee to the Automatic Voter Registration conference committee” said Leader Jones about his decision to appoint Dooley to the committee.
“I am honored to have been selected to be on this conference committee by Minority Leader Jones” said Dooley. “In my time as a Town Clerk it became abundantly clear to me that Massachusetts needed to make increasing our voter participation rate and protecting our election systems from fraud and abuse a priority. I hope that as a member of this committee, I am able to help craft this bill to achieve these important goals.”