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Sample/Specimen Ballot posed outside polling places for voters

by: don warner saklad

Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 19:25:55 PM EDT

a) The Sample/Specimen Ballot posted outside the polling place for voters.
Why is the Elections Division 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
Peter Anton tel 978 904-3100 x113
panton at

c) Website. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Could the Massachusetts Division of Elections provide easier to navigate website information?

See also
League of Women Voters


A better Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a better administrative organization for the Secretary's Election Division

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Charlie Baker meet & greet in North Attleboro- April 4, 2011

by: northsecretary

Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 19:02:36 PM EDT

The North Attleboro Republican Town Committee is pleased to host Charlie Baker for a post election reunion with voters and supporters from the GOP Heartland of Bristol County. Join us on Monday,April 4, 2011 from 7-9pm at the North Attleboro Elks Lodge, 52 Bulfinch St, in North Attleboro. Light refreshments, snacks, and a cash bar will be available. There is a $5 donation requested at the door to help with expenses. Come see Charlie, and hear what's next for him politically. Let's get ready for 2012 and 2014!!!! To RSVP or get more info email: or call Patty Wash 508-813-3550. See you in North Attleboro 4/4/2011
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What If All Voters Had Accurate Information

by: ConcernedVoterInMass

Sun Oct 31, 2010 at 16:08:03 PM EDT

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?

Voters Don't Have Accurate View of Economy

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."


Eight False Things The Public "Knows" Prior To Election Day

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:

1) President Obama tripled the deficit.
Reality: Bush's last budget had a $1.416 trillion deficit. Obama's first budget reduced that to $1.29 trillion.

2) President Obama raised taxes, which hurt the economy.
Reality: Obama cut taxes. 40% of the "stimulus" was wasted on tax cuts which only create debt, which is why it was so much less effective than it could have been.

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.

4) The stimulus didn't work.
Reality: The stimulus worked, but was not enough. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus raised employment by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs.

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.

6) Health care reform costs $1 trillion.
Reality: The health care reform reduces government deficits by $138 billion.

7) Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, is "going broke," people live longer, fewer workers per retiree, etc.
Reality: Social Security has run a surplus since it began, has a trust fund in the trillions, is completely sound for at least 25 more years and cannot legally borrow so cannot contribute to the deficit (compare that to the military budget!) Life expectancy is only longer because fewer babies die; people who reach 65 live about the same number of years as they used to.

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?

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Zogby predicts Coakley win

by: Karl Marx

Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 13:02:37 PM EST


Let's prove him wrong.  

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51 Percent Of Likely Voters Now Disapprove Of Barack Obama

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 11:02:34 AM EDT

According to today's Rasmussen Reports Daily Tracking Poll for the first time Barack Obama's total approval fell below 50%.  

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.  

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Voter demographics

by: kyllacon

Wed Mar 05, 2008 at 10:12:38 AM EST

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.
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