June 8, 2022 — Below is a statement from Tanisha Sullivan, candidate for Secretary of State, regarding the status of the VOTES Act, an election reform bill which includes a provision for same-day voter registration in Massachusetts:
“The bill reflects progress, but it’s hard to celebrate such a missed opportunity to significantly advance racial and economic justice in Massachusetts. By refusing to advance election day registration, the bill not only leaves Massachusetts a half century behind in advancing a basic voting right, it leaves in place one of the highest voting barriers for people of color and working people. As Secretary of State I will make voter participation my number one priority and do everything we can to break down administrative barriers. This moment in our democracy demands more.”
About Tanisha Sullivan
Tanisha is an attorney, former Chief Equity Officer in the Boston Public Schools and President of the NAACP Boston, who has led a career dedicated to service—from working in community and across the ideological spectrum to deliver on civil rights and social, economic, and racial justice, to decades as a practicing lawyer in corporate firms and life science companies. A Brockton native, she’s running for Massachusetts Secretary of State because it’s time to realize the full potential of this office in the fight to protect voting rights, increase government transparency and accessibility, engage the electorate, and build a stronger, more vibrant democracy for all. Tanisha recently earned the MassDems endorsement (62% of delegates) at the state convention, which determined candidates for statewide office who will be on the ballot for the Sept. 6 primary.