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Government Enforcement Partner Challenges Mass. Voting Law in Pro Bono Suit

Practices: Government Enforcement

The trial in a lawsuit challenging Massachusetts' voter registration cutoff law is taking place this week in Suffolk Superior Court. A Ropes & Gray team led by government enforcement partner Kirsten Mayer is arguing the case on behalf of the plaintiffs in Chelsea Collaborative v. Gavin. 

The state’s current 20-day voter registration deadline is “overburdensome,” and imposing same-day registration would be a feasible alternative, Ms. Mayer said in her opening statement on Wednesday, as reported by The Boston Globe.

Ms. Mayer argued that the burden is on the state to provide the least restrictive means of registering voters. “The commonwealth just doesn’t need 20 days to do what it already does in five and what other states do on Election Day,” she said.

The Ropes & Gray litigation team includes government enforcement associate Patrick Welsh.

The trial is being closely followed by the media. Recent press coverage includes: The Boston Herald, Law360, WBUR, Courthouse News Service, Metro.

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