Friday, May 29, 2015

Rep. Dooley Appointed to Elections Task Force

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) is pleased to announce his appointment of Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) to the Elections Task Force.

The task force was created as part of an election reform bill that passed the Legislature last spring, which expands access to early voting beginning in 2016 and allows for 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote.  In addition to studying the costs and administrative requirements associated with implementing early voting in Massachusetts, the task force will also look at ways to reduce wait times at polling locations on election day, violations of laws prohibiting fraudulent voting and voter impersonation, same-day voter registration, and the feasibility of utilizing expanded technology, including election day mobile alerts, computer automated auditing, electronic transferring of absentee ballots and online voting.

“Representative Dooley has a clear understanding of the relevant issues the task force will be looking at, having served on the conference committee that reconciled the differences between the House and Senate versions of the election reform bill last session,” said Representative Jones.  “Combined with his background and experience as a certified municipal clerk, he is well-qualified to help craft recommendations that will expand access to voting while also ensuring that appropriate safeguards are in place to prevent voter fraud.”

“I am honored to have been appointed to the Elections Task Force.  It is great to be able to continue with the work I started while serving on last session’s election law conference committee.  Voting is one of the most important tools of our democracy and being able to make sure that right is safeguarded is a role that I am excited to take on,” said Representative Dooley.   “I am fortunate to have served as a Town Clerk and have proposed several bills this session which will help ensure our citizens’ voices are heard while aligning with the mission of this task force.”

The task force is scheduled to submit its report and recommendations to the Legislature on or before August 1, 2017.

Representative Dooley represents the Ninth Norfolk District, which is comprised of the towns of Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham, Medfield, Millis and Walpole.  He previously served as the Norfolk Town Clerk and as the Chairman of the Norfolk School Committee before winning a special election in January of 2014.