Inactive Voters, again

There was an article on Telegram.com today about inactive voters in Worcester.

Reminder: you can check the city’s website to see if you are an inactive voter.  If the Voter Status field, and you did not vote in the primary election (showing proof of residence/signing an affirmation of your residence) you will need to bring proof of residence to the November election.

A reader pointed out that Craig Manseau (former Worcester election official) of Newton is handling the large number of inactive voters there by sending out another mailing:

In an effort to reduce the number of inactive voters on Nov. 4, Manseau is sending out a mailing marked “Voter Notice Requiring Immediate Response” to all residents who failed to turn in a census form, hoping to mitigate any issues at the polls. All residents need to do is check a box and return the postage-paid postcard.

“I am obviously concerned about the long lines. It will be an incredible turnout — I think it might be the highest ever,” Manseau said. “We are hoping to be as proactive as possible in reaching the inactive voters. Hopefully, voters will respond to the next mailing, but there will be some who don’t.”

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2 thoughts on “Inactive Voters, again

  1. voter says:

    The list of inactive should be printed up and publicized each year

    They shall, on or before the first Monday of June in each year, send notice in writing to each voter of the preceding year whose name has not been entered in the annual register of the current year that the name of such voter may be removed from the voting list if the voter fails to respond to the notice and does not vote in the next two biennial state elections following the mailing of such notice. Such notice shall (1) be postage prepaid; (2) contain a preaddressed and postage prepaid return card; (3) be sent by forwardable mail; (4) instruct the voter to return the card before the last day to register if the voter did not change residence from the city or town; and (5) contain additional information about remaining eligible to vote, as prescribed by the state secretary. The registrars shall prepare a list of the names of voters not so entered, which shall be open to public inspection in their principal office, and shall be posted by copy in accordance with the same schedule of times and in the places where copies of voting lists are required to be posted under section fifty-seven. The registrars, in addition, may publish such lists in a newspaper devoted wholly or chiefly to the publication of local or general news. Copies of said lists shall be made available to members of the public upon payment of the cost of the copying thereof.

    http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleVIII/Chapter51/Section37

    • voter says:

      lists should be posted before election in each ward and precinct

      Section 57. They shall, at least twenty days before the annual or biennial city or town election, and except in Boston, at least sixty days before the biennial state election, cause copies of the voting lists provided for in the two preceding sections to be posted in their principal office and in one or more other public places in the city or town, and in each ward of a city and in each precinct of a town. Upon application made by any state political committee organized in accordance with law, the clerk of the board of registrars shall furnish to it a copy of the voting list free of charge.

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