A working draft of what might be in the party platform:
THE PLATFORM OF THE MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRATIC PARTY
PART IX; POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND REFORM
We believe that the 2004 Presidential Election revealed
significant flaws in the nation's voting system, and, accordingly, we
believe that Massachusetts should become a model for the rest of the
country by instituting a fair and verifiable commonwealth-wide
(1) Voting Devices:
- Safeguards must be taken to insure that voting, vote
tabulation and recounts are accurate, reliable and verifiable.
- Massachusetts should outlaw computer-based voting machines
and voting systems. The equipment can be fraudulently manipulated
remotely and/or nearly undetectably preprogrammed to change the
legitimate vote count. Hand-marked and hand counted paper ballots
are preferable, along with an established set of standards for
handling, retention and storage of the ballots, before during and
after the election.
- If computer-based voting systems are permitted, they must be
adequately tested, maintained and independently certified, including
the independent monitoring of computer codes used in the voting
machines. All electronic voting machines must have a voter-verified
paper ballot that is subsequently collected and safeguarded by an
election official. The security of voting machines and tabulators
must be established prior to an election, and the results of testing
must be made public. No networking of voting machines should be
permitted on or around voting day.
- (a) Barriers should be minimized for voter registration,
including the institution of same day registration.
- (b) Provisional ballots should be fully implemented as a
meaningful safety net for voters with registration, ID or other
voting problems. Every provisional ballot cast by an eligible voter
should be counted regardless of the precinct in which the ballot was
- (c) Safeguards must be established to ensure that a voter
only votes once.
- (d) All elections should be free of voter intimidation.
Illegal activities intended to intimidate voters must be prosecuted.
Systematic and arbitrary challenging of voters must be eliminated.
- (e) Voting should be made easier by implementing early
voting, and by expanding absentee ballots and mail-in voting. The
legislature is urged to make Election Day a holiday to encourage
- (f) Following elections, results must be publicly posted.
- (g) To ensure the accuracy of the vote, publicly funded,
nonpartisan exit polls and independent auditing must be conducted.
- (h) Election Boards should be nonpartisan, or at the very
- (i) Election Board Officials at all levels, including the
Secretary of the Commonwealth, should be prohibited from holding a
position in a candidate's campaign.