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October 17, 2012

Are You Inactive on the Voter Rolls?

by at 6:11 pm.

You could be. This WBUR report has the details:

Thousands of registered voters could show up at the polls on Election Day only to be told that they have been put on the inactive voter list.

Voters on the inactive list can still vote, but it’s a time-consuming process. It involves showing ID and filling out an affidavit. If you don’t have your ID, you have to fill out a provisional ballot that may be counted later.

The problem is especially acute in Haverhill, where city officials fear major problems at the polls.

[…]

In Lowell, the problem is even bigger. Normally, the city has 12,000 to 13,000 inactive voters. This year, the list surged to 21,000. But because the Lowell elections office failed to send a follow-up card as required, the secretary of State and the city solicitor intervened to place most of those voters back on the rolls. The city solicitor is also taking steps to publicize the problem, and she promises an investigation after the election.

I actually have had to deal with this. If you forgot to fill in your little city census thingie, you can be placed as inactive on the voter rolls even if, like me, you show up to every bloody election. It’s not that big a deal, as mentioned - with a photo ID like a license and a few minutes to fill out the affidavit, you’ll be able to vote. And in Lowell it appears most names have been placed back into active until further notice. However, I recommend you bring an ID with you to vote in case, and have a few minutes on hand to address it if it happens. It’s unlikely to, but you never know.

H/T Marie on Facebook.

18 Responses to “Are You Inactive on the Voter Rolls?”

  1. Jack Says:

    I’d bold this line: And in Lowell it appears most names have been placed back into active until further notice.

    My understanding is that they had the Sec. of State revert back to the previous voter file. The one before the “No Census Purge.”

  2. Lynne Says:

    Yeah well that must have been AFTER the primary. *grumble*

    Still does not mean Lowell voters might not be inactive…since “normally, the city has 12,000 to 13,000 inactive voters” according to the reporting.

  3. Christopher Says:

    I got caught in this situation for the primary. My thought was, “What do you mean inactive? I voted just last time in the presidential primary! Plus if you know me you know that the idea that I am anything approaching an inactive voter is hilarious.

  4. Lynne Says:

    My reaction exactly, Christopher, LOL. But…it has to do with that census thing, not your frequency of voting.

  5. Publius Says:

    Lynne,

    I am confused. Your are complaining about being people being made inactive voters for not filling out their city census form. All I can say that it should have been filled out. You pushed people to fill out the federal census form on March 30, 2010 so we could shake the feds down for money. Why should the city’s census form should be treated with such discrepant and not the federal form?

    I always fill out the city form to make sure I can vote. I haven’t filled out the federal form in decades to ensure that Massachusetts gets fewer Democratic Congress critters and get less money that for the awful welfare programs that the critters advocate for.

  6. Lynne Says:

    Who said I was complaining? I was trying to notate something that could be important to Lowell voters and highlighting that, if you want to be SURE you can vote, that even though these rolls were placed back into active, to bring an ID.

    Where in my post or my comments did I complain? Maybe you ought to actually read my words first before jumping all over me unnecessarily. Jesus.

  7. Publius Says:

    Using such disparaging language as “thingie” and “bloody” can lead one to reasonably believe that you are complaining.

  8. Lynne Says:

    Read into it all you like, but I would learn reading comprehension if I were you.

    Oh yeah, “thingie” is such a disparaging word. *rolls eyes* And “bloody” was referring to the elections I show up to, inferring that I was in a manner self-deprecating the fact that I’m an elections nerd.

    God are you sensitive.

  9. joe from Lowell Says:

    I haven’t filled out the federal form in decades to ensure that Massachusetts gets fewer Democratic Congress critters and get less money that for the awful welfare programs that the critters advocate for.

    So, you’re making Lowell’s numbers appear to be more minority-heavy, as well as poorer?

    And the goal of this strategy is to discourage federal dollars?

    Um…good luck with that! You go, Publius!

  10. Lynne Says:

    I think Joe’s got this covered nicely.

  11. Publius Says:

    Joe from Lowell,

    You said by my not filing makes Lowell more minority-heavy as well as poorer. Isn’t it rather presumptuous of you to assume I am not a minority or poor?

  12. Christopher Says:

    Yes, it was about the census, and ultimately all it cost me was a couple extra minutes at the polls, though “inactive” as a modifier to “voter” is still an interesting word choice and I was surprised at myself because I’m generally pretty responsible about turning in stuff like that too and didn’t recall receiving a census.

  13. joe from Lowell Says:

    Isn’t it rather presumptuous of you to assume I am not a minority or poor?

    No.

    You are not a minority. You are not poor.

    Your middle-class whititude is blindingly obvious.

    Go ahead, tell me I’m wrong. I dare you.

  14. Publius Says:

    I may not be a minority but I am poor under under the federal poverty guidelines.

    2011 HHS Poverty Guidelines
    Persons
    in Family 48 Contiguous
    States and D.C. Alaska Hawaii
    1 $10,890 $13,600 $12,540
    2 14,710 18,380 16,930
    3 18,530 23,160 21,320
    4 22,350 27,940 25,710
    5 26,170 32,720 30,100
    6 29,990 37,500 34,490
    7 33,810 42,280 38,880
    8 37,630 47,060 43,270
    For each additional
    person, add 3,820 4,780 4,390

  15. joe from Lowell Says:

    So, what’s your major?

  16. Publius Says:

    Joe from Lowell,

    There you go again, making assumptions to fit your distorted view of the world.

    I am 54 years old. I never received unemployment, Mass Health, food stamps or rent subsidies.

  17. joe from Lowell Says:

    On the internet, no one knows you’re a dog.

  18. Publius Says:

    Ruff ruff.

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