Election reminders

If you received a city census and have not yet completed it (and I’m looking in the mirror here), you can submit it online if you have no changes.

And — if you’re like me and have no idea where your city census is — you can stay on the active voter list if you sign the nomination papers for someone running for municipal office.

Reminder — via the Disability Law Center

If you are:

  • A US Citizen
  • A Resident of Massachusetts
  • At least 18 years old on or before election day

YOU CAN REGISTER TO VOTE!

There’s information on their website.

And I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating…

If you or someone you know has a mental disability, I’d like to refer you to a voter guide the Bazelon Center and the National Disability Rights Network have created.

The guide lists the rights of voters with mental disabilities by state.

In Massachusetts, the Constitution states that “Every citizen…excepting persons under guardianship… shall have a right to vote in such election.”  They also note that there’s a “Sec of State opinion interpreting above provision to require a specific finding of incompetence to vote before disenfranchising someone.”

Furthermore, “No person shall be deprived of the right to vote solely on the basis of admission or commitment to a mental health facility. 104 CODE MASS. REG. 27.13; Boyd v. Board of Registrars of Voters, 334 N.E.2d 629 (Mass. 1975).”

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