Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Infamous Southbridge Billboard Featured On Rachel Maddow Show



Last night The Rachel Maddow Show broadcast a segment on voter intimidation. The opening image of the report was the billboard that appeared in Southbridge during the special election for State Representative implying that citizens had to present ID to vote.

Also featured was a photo of a table set up within a polling place in New Bedford giving the appearance that ID was needed to vote in that city. That incident led to action by the state.

The video of the report follows:





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10 comments:

  1. Isn't this almost like a badge of honor for republicans? I mean, if you can be the bee in that woman's bonnet then you must have hit a nerve. Imagine, our fair town not only a televised icon for republican causes, but an excellent model for other like communities. Whoda thunk?

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    1. It's a grotesque embarrassment. There is no voter ID law in Massachusetts. This was a clear case of spreading confusion and suppression if not intimidation.
      If you think that this was something to be proud of, you need a serious reality check.

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    2. There is VOTER ID LAW in MA nbut it should go further.
      In MA one:
      Must show ID to Register to vote -
      Must show ID if an Inactive voter and trying to vote.

      With such a low voter turnout in Southbridge and elsewhere a lot of ID's must be shown this election season if the LAW is being followed.

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    3. But it is not a "Photo" ID law.
      Also, an inactive voter can vote without an ID. First the voter without ID is challenged by the Warden. Them the voter states the following pledge. “You do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you are the identical person whom you represent yourself to be, that you are registered in this town and that you have not voted at this election.” The challenge voter then marks their name and address on the ballot. The Warden then adds their name and address to the ballot and the cause of the challenge (Inactive Voter – No ID). The ballot is then cast and counted like all others. On the voting list “CV” is marked next to the voter’s name. The challenge is recorded in the Clerk’s record.

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  2. Ken I agree and Durant tried as hard as he could to distance himself from all of this AFTER the fact and after the State Attorney's office called all of us in to talk to us about this issue. Durant had not only the Empower America folks (the dim bulbs harassing and intimidating voters at the polls in Southbridge)and Empower America was all over his Facebook site (I copied it and still have the posts)all the while Durant denied ever even knowing these folks even though they were announcing fundraisers on HIS FB site. Oh yea, that's Petey always taking the high road. At the Charlton debate when I accused Petey of using the Empower America folks to harass voters with billboards and that they were supporting him publicly and on his FB page, Brian Lee (Ace reporter for the T and G) final woke up and questioned Durant about it in the paper. And for the record? I am all for showing ID to vote but not harassing voters at the polls. If and when this becomes a law (and I believe it should be) then and only then should people be allowed to enforce it. Keep in mind Durant only won by a little over 60 votes the second time out so this harassment did the job for him and the Corner Pocket Crew. Do you know how to tell when Durant is lying? His lips are moving.

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    1. Thanks Bob.
      I think this is a fortuitous opportunity to remind people of this in light of Mr. Durant's current challenge from Ms. Walker as well as his demonstrated incompetency in his handling of the Southbridge Charter matters as well as his puffery in claiming any meaningful role in the Tornado relief money and the QCC presence in Southbridge.

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    2. Bob:
      I don't want to distract from the current discussion, but - in all honesty - your opinion on the whole voter ID issue is naive. Even if you believe that a photo ID should be required, look what's really going on. When a student provides a photo ID from a state university with an expiration date and is told it's not good enough because it doesn't have his dorm room number, do you really think it's to prevent voter fraud. Wake up and smell the TEA.

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  3. I dont have a problem with voter id,I just think like anything else prople will find a way around it with fake id's. So Its a waste of time and money for the tax payers. you cant change a broken system look whos in the white house enough said, Have a nice life!

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  4. There is a perfectly good reason why a Student ID or for that fact a Military ID or Passport would not be acceptable as proof of residency to vote. Military personnel and Students are normally registered to vote in their home districts. Also, the case with these types of IDs is that they do not contain addresses.

    The crazy thing about voter ID's is this: In today's world of high technology, each community could could easily and cheaply provide voters with it own voter ID. All communities have computers and the software is relativity inexpensive. This whole idea that it is voter suppression is a bunch of whoey. The only people that do not want a government ID are those that are illegal or are hiding from the law for some reason or other.

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    1. And let's have a leash law for unicorns because they get loose and destroy lawns almost as often as there is in-person voter fraud.

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