Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin is looking for Election Day Comments, Suggestions and Questions. This particular request from the Secretary is focused on actual activity around the 2012 election and existing laws. Did you experience first hand any issues with voter intimidation? Were there difficulties with obtaining absentee ballots? Did anyone experience issues with provisional ballots? Did people experience issues with poll checking? Were you required to sit in a position where you could not hear the precinct workers? One issue that was mentioned to me was offices closed on Friday afternoon before election day, limiting people who wanted to vote absentee. The Secretary would very much like to hear from people now, while events and concerns are fresh in people’s minds. A discussion here would be great. More importantly, send an e-mail with your comments and suggestions to ElectionsSuggestions@sec.state.ma.us .
This particular “suggestion box” is explicitly for suggestions and concerns around the actual process this year. I, and many others, favor changing the restrictions on the reasons for absentee voting, but that would involve a change to the state constitution.