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Massachusetts census and voting rights

January 13th, 2005 (11:19 am)

Yesterday we got an annual form from the town government, with a warning that we had to return it within 10 days or be stricken from the voting rolls.

Anybody know if this practice has been challenged yet? It seems like it should be unconstitutional, on the grounds that it is, in effect, a literacy test. (Failing that, the 10-day limit is pretty stupid. What if you're on vacation for two weeks?)


Posted by: Jane Waks (msmemory)
Posted at: January 13th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)

FWIW, I don't think they enforce the 10-day deadline.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: January 13th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)

Tried a general websearch? How about a search at the ACLU site?

Posted by: metahacker (metahacker)
Posted at: January 13th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)

I really don't know where the 10-day thing comes in. According to the people at the polling station, including our local elections official, you stay on the rolls for two (or was it three?) *years* after you last filled out a census. However, you might have to show a photo ID and proof of address if you are a bit over that.

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