An exit poll in Massachusetts questioned voters about the possibility to consolidate polling sites into one central location per town.

The polling site that I was at did not have enough parking, so what location will have the ability to have 10,000 people to vote. How long will the line be? How many disabled parking spots available? How long will the polling sites be open on election day (7am to 8pm is not enough).

Voter suppression is alive and well in Massachusetts too.

http://ma-woburn.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=1153

http://www.masslive.com/hampfrank/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-21/124...

http://auburnpub.com/news/local/cayuga-county-polling-places-to-be-conso...

http://www.winthroptranscript.com/2012/01/19/local-seniors-question-poll...

How many years and millions of dollars will be spent on something that causes voter suppression?

Here is a letter from the city demanding and threatening harm if I do not fill out annual census... Article written in 2015 Photo taken in 2016...

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Massachusetts consolidating polling is Voter Suppression!

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pkrause12249 5 years 7 weeks ago
#1

I received a threatening letter about a mandatory street listing. The letter states if I do not respond my right to vote will be taken away. Massachusetts does annual street listings of all the residents of the state. You must disclose your name, address, occupation, number of dogs and nationality. The penalty for not disclosing is being dropped from the active voter registration lists. The United States does a census every ten years, Massachusetts does one every year. Plus, a person can go to the local town clerk’s office and look up a person’s information. Give up your privacy or lose your ability to vote. Voter suppression is alive and well in the state of Massachusetts with consolidation of voting sites and annually verification of identification, location, nationality and occupation.

pkrause12249 5 years 7 weeks ago
#2

http://www.cambridgema.gov/election/FAQ/annualcitycensusfaq.aspx

The General Laws of Massachusetts mandate an annual street listing of residents as of January 1st each year (M.G.L. ch. 51 § 4). The Cambridge Election Commission sends out census forms to every household in Cambridge each year, at the end of January or beginning of February. Forms are due back to our office within 10 days. The census form asks for your name, gender, date of birth, occupation, and nationality if not a US citizen.

pkrause12249 5 years 7 weeks ago
#3

http://www.cambridgema.gov/election/FAQ/annualcitycensusfaq.aspx

If you are a registered voter, failure to respond shall result in removal from the active voting list and may result in removal from the voter registration rolls.

If you are not a registered voter, it is still important for you to return your census form – many public benefits require proof of residency, which our office can provide for any resident who has been counted in the Census. In addition, an accurate count of residents in Cambridge leads to better municipal services.

An inactive voter is a voter who failed to answer the census. Every summer, registered voters who failed to respond to either the first or second census mailing are made inactive. Voters who are made inactive are immediately sent confirmation cards, which the voter can send back to be reinstated as active or to report an address change. Voters can also be reinstated to the active voting list by either voting in an election or signing a petition or nomination paper. When inactive voters arrive at the polling place, they will be asked to show identification and will need to fill out an Affirmation of Current and Continuous Residence. After the election, they will be reinstated to the active voting list.

If a voter remains inactive for two federal election cycles, which means that he or she did not answer the census or vote for four years, the voter will be removed from the voter registration rolls.

These statements can be verfied by visiting the weblink above...

Voter suppression, invasion of privacy, Voter identification laws are alive and well in the state of Massachusetts.

pkrause12249 4 years 45 weeks ago
#4

Governor Charlie Baker states a review of all "Onerous" regulation will be reviewed and ended by executive order...

Governor Baker Signs Executive Order Initiating Regulatory Reform Review

http://www.mass.gov/governor/press-office/press-releases/fy2015/executiv...

Hopefully the above will make the list of reforms.

Steven.PBarrett 4 years 45 weeks ago
#5

I've read enough. Compared to what other voters have had to go through in other states: voting in Massachusetts is a picnic. Period.

I don't have to even show a photo ID. Just list my name, street address and pary preference on primary days. That's it.

Okay, I have to fill out a form every year. Whoopdidoo. Compared to what the people who the Republicans jerked around for hours while they were still standing in line in states like Florida and Ohio, two key battleground states, filling out a form now n' then hardly ranks worthy of this lengthy stream of crab posts.

I read the story about West Springfield having to consolidate its precincts. One town in all of western Massachusetts gets a write up and this is worthy of raising red flags? Hell, I can remember when my (old) home town of Amherst was placed on the US DOJ'S watch list for civil rights related reasons because in their collective wisdom, a lot of pissed off pampered professors sat on their asses the year Nixon beat Humphrey. Oh, the poor dearies were so diss'd that they couldn't in all their wisdom have had a more suitable candidate to choose from besides "Seat Cushion" but they sat on their asses and it took the town more than a decade to wipe that stain off its record. If you don't vote, you get punished too, but by a different bureaucratic calculus. But come to think about it; if any town's local politicos in either party can't manage to organize enough car pools, etc. and get the vote out, tough luck. You get what you're willing to pay for even if "paying" means just getting off your ass to make your choice or to bother helping others get to the newer precincts. It's a hell of a lot easier and less expensive to plan out voter drives and car pools to adjust to the new precinct lines during the campaign season than it is to attempt legal re-mapping sessions and hiring out lawyers versed in voting rights laws. Town party coffers don't have that kind of money. But they do have, I'd hope, enough gas money and people with enough political motivation to fuel their respective local drives to get their people put in office.

Ya don't need political science classes or majors to figure this much out.

pkrause12249 4 years 6 weeks ago
#6

Now that I live here for a little bit(something like a year), I look at the "Tides" of Traffic...

There is no way for people to easily get to the polls in time to vote.

Massachusetts needs to look at early voting and mail in ballot voting or vote by mail.

The "Tides" of traffic start at 5 am and end at 10 am and evening starts at 2:30 pm and ends at 7pm. On election most eligible voters may just be stuck in traffic. The traffic during these times almost regardless of distance is a minimum of 2 hours.

I notice my polling site might have 20 spaces for cars to park. Obviously the use of the building people that work there use a majority of the parking spots.

Early voting allows people to vote for example 3 to 5 days early by polling sites being open. Or they could have a polling site open at the town or city hall 10 days early allowing people to cast a ballot. These ballots are not actually counted until polling and election day is completed.

Mail in ballot is perfect for people elderly and disabled that cannot leave their homes to vote. My grandmother was lucky she lived in New York state and her voting site was located in the nursing home where she lived.

Massachusetts and other states should evaluate heavy traffic and congested areas; and allow for some sort of special state holiday. This would allow the polls to be open but state workers (excluding election workers) would have the day off. The current laws flux too much to create any standard by state to state. Massachusetts requires the person to ask permission for the time off in advance and only allows three industries regulated under such a rule.

Massachusetts has no exemption for healthcare, fire, emergency medical workers or police to allow to vote early or protection for workers that ask permission for later start time or and ealier leave time.

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