a) The Sample/Specimen Ballot posted outside the polling place for voters.
Why is the Elections Division http://mass.gov/sec of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts so difficult to get the Sample/Specimen ballot poster from by email before voting?... in case local elections commissions haven't made the Sample/Specimen Ballot poster available by email or online, on the web.
b) Printer of Ballots
Could the Printer of Ballots email the Sample/Specimen Ballot poster on request for any voters interested in seeing the Sample/Specimen Ballot poster before going to vote? It's 2012, it shouldn't be necessary to make a trip to see a Sample/Specimen Ballot poster that could be make available by email or online, on the web in advance of the day for voting
Printer of Ballots
http://www.bradford-bigelow.com Peter Anton tel 978 904-3100 x113
panton at bradford-bigelow.com
c) Website. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Could the Massachusetts Division of Elections provide easier to navigate website information?
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I think we can all agree that, while many voters are wholly informed about most important issues in an election, many voters are uninformed, underinformed, or misinformed about key issues. This is not to say that any particular chunk of voters are "dumb" or anything like that - it's very hard for every person to stay on top of every issue amid their busy lives - but rather to simply say that not that not every voter goes into the voting booth with comprehensive and entirely accurate information.
What do you think polls would look like if all voters had the following pieces of accurate information instead of, apparently, inaccurate perceptions on key issues?
A Bloomberg National Poll finds that by a two-to-one margin, likely voters in the midterm elections think taxes have gone up, the economy has shrunk, and the billions lent to banks as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program won't be recovered.
The facts: The Obama administration cut taxes for middle-class Americans, has overseen an economy that has grown for the past four quarters and expects to make a profit on the hundreds of billions of dollars spent to rescue Wall Street banks.
Said pollster Ann Selzer: "The public view of the economy is at odds with the facts, and the blame has to go to the Democrats. It does not matter much if you make change, if you do not communicate change."
There are a number things the public "knows" as we head into the election that are just false. If people elect leaders based on false information, the things those leaders do in office will not be what the public expects or needs.
Here are eight of the biggest myths that are out there:
3) President Obama bailed out the banks. Reality: While many people conflate the "stimulus" with the bank bailouts, the bank bailouts were requested by President Bush and his Treasury Secretary, former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson. (Paulson also wanted the bailouts to be "non-reviewable by any court or any agency.") The bailouts passed and began before the 2008 election of President Obama.
5) Businesses will hire if they get tax cuts. Reality: A business hires the right number of employees to meet demand. Having extra cash does not cause a business to hire, but a business that has a demand for what it does will find the money to hire. Businesses want customers, not tax cuts.
8) Government spending takes money out of the economy. Reality: Government is We, the People and the money it spends is on We, the People. Many people do not know that it is government that builds the roads, airports, ports, courts, schools and other things that are the soil in which business thrives. Many people think that all government spending is on "welfare" and "foreign aid" when that is only a small part of the government's budget.
Of course, the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats can blame themselves for not sufficiently touting their own accomplishments. That said, what if every single voter across the country was equipped with fully accurate information about these economic and other key issues? Do you think polling would look the way it does now or look better for either political party?
Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. Today marks the first time his overall approval rating has ever fallen below 50% among Likely Voters nationwide. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.
Eighty-three percent (83%) of Democrats continue to approve of the President's performance while 80% of Republicans disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 37% offer a positive assessment. The President earns approval from 51% of women and 47% of men.
I predict a 45% approval rating by this time next week.
Does any one know (I'm sure someone here does)how to find out what the demographic break down of Mass. is regarding democrats, republicans, unaffiliated etc. and where they're located ? Thanks in advance your help is greatly appreciated.