Does Massachusetts already have a voter Id law?

by Datechguy | February 29th, 2012

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Does Massachusetts already have a voter Id law?

On Mon­day the Twin City Tea Party held its first meet­ing at a new loca­tion Cor­ner­stones Restau­rant in Leominster.

In addi­tion to sev­eral local, state and con­gres­sional can­di­dates who mixed with the crowd there were top pri­mary speak­ers. Brad Marston of Four Tier Strate­gies on the use of social media in campaigns:

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It was quite an edu­ca­tion and every can­di­date in the room soaked it up, but the biggest edu­ca­tion of the night came from Bon­nie Johnson:

She talked about elec­tion law in Mass­a­chu­setts and it’s enforce­ment or non-​enforcement of elec­tion laws, many times due to sim­ple igno­rance. But the big bomb she dropped was ref­er­enced in my lat­est for the Exam­iner:

Every Jan­u­ary Mass­a­chu­setts Cities and town send out a city/​town cen­sus to every res­i­dence. It lists the reg­is­tered vot­ers in the dwelling and how they are reg­is­tered. I’ve filled it out every year with­out a thought, not notic­ing the warn­ings on the form if it is not done.

There is a warn­ing on the bot­tom of the form say­ing: Fail­ure to return this form may affect your vot­ing sta­tus. I never paid much mind to it but Bon­nie really dropped a bomb­shell on what that actu­ally means:

If the form is not returned the peo­ple on them are marked as an “inac­tive” voter. By law an “inac­tive” voter who attempts to vote must fill out and sign a form and pro­vide proof of both res­i­dence and iden­tity to be able to vote.

Read the whole thing.

The prob­lem seems to be a lot of peo­ple are not aware of the law, and if you want it enforced you need peo­ple at the polls vol­un­teer­ing and work­ing to ensure it IS enforced.

OK if you are in Mass­a­chu­setts and care about hon­est elec­tions, are you will­ing to give a day work­ing at a polling place to do some­thing about it?

Update: Wel­come Insty read­ers, if you’re up for some provoca­tive read­ing I have a chal­lenge for Amer­i­can Mus­lims, an Answer to Anony­mous dec­la­ra­tion of War on the US and of course there is my weekly under the fedora col­umn here or here.

On Monday the Twin City Tea Party held its first meeting at a new location Cornerstones Restaurant in Leominster.

In addition to several local, state and congressional candidates who mixed with the crowd there were top primary speakers. Brad Marston of Four Tier Strategies on the use of social media in campaigns:

A political operative in shadow

It was quite an education and every candidate in the room soaked it up, but the biggest education of the night came from Bonnie Johnson:

She talked about election law in Massachusetts and it’s enforcement or non-enforcement of election laws, many times due to simple ignorance. But the big bomb she dropped was referenced in my latest for the Examiner:

Every January Massachusetts Cities and town send out a city/town census to every residence. It lists the registered voters in the dwelling and how they are registered. I’ve filled it out every year without a thought, not noticing the warnings on the form if it is not done.

There is a warning on the bottom of the form saying: Failure to return this form may affect your voting status. I never paid much mind to it but Bonnie really dropped a bombshell on what that actually means:

If the form is not returned the people on them are marked as an “inactive” voter. By law an “inactive” voter who attempts to vote must fill out and sign a form and provide proof of both residence and identity to be able to vote.

Read the whole thing.

The problem seems to be a lot of people are not aware of the law, and if you want it enforced you need people at the polls volunteering and working to ensure it IS enforced.

OK if you are in Massachusetts and care about honest elections, are you willing to give a day working at a polling place to do something about it?

Update: Welcome Insty readers, if you’re up for some provocative reading I have a challenge for American Muslims, an Answer to Anonymous declaration of War on the US and of course there is my weekly under the fedora column here or here.

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