Yesterday’s Election Commission meeting was one of the more thoroughly covered events Worcester has seen recently. This morning’s Telegram and Gazette report from Nick Kotsopoulos is only the beginning.
In addition, the following requests were made by the Voter Protection Network:
Request that the Election Commission and the City of Worcester continue to prioritize the pressing need for greater training of poll workers as well as for police officers who work at polling locations.
Request that the Election Commission place 2 large signs in the same languages as the ballots at all polling locations stating; “ALL ELEGIBLE VOTERS HAVE A RIGHT TO VOTE TODAY” and a second of the City’s official list of acceptable proof of residency.
Request the names of anyone that was removed from polling locations by the Worcester Police Department, or asked to leave by the Worcester City Clerk, be submitted by the City of Worcester to the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Commission and the City Solicitors Office to be reviewed and recommended for potential sanctions.
For those interested, the next meeting of the Voter Protection Network is Wednesday, September 26 at 6:15 pm at the YWCA, 1 Salem Square. For more information, see here.
cannot be allowed to happen again. They need to hear that our polling places should not be a hostile environment where voters are intimidated and where the rules are not uniformly applied, and they need to hear it from YOU.
Please join us at City Hall this Monday, September 10th at 5:30PM! Activate Worcester and the others who are actively attempting to intimidate and suppress voters will be there, so we need you there too.
Mary Keefe wins Democratic primary for state rep, will presumably win election. She has run for City Council in the past and not done that well; in this election she soundly defeated, among others, long-time and very popular City Councilor Kate Toomey.
I don’t live in that state rep district, but based on the election mailers Jeremy Shulkin has collected and shared online, the Keefe team used the most consistent capitalization and punctuation of the primary campaign.
T&G has a good column on Tea Partiers coming into Worcester as “agitators” allegedly “intent on intimidation and voter suppression.”
These folks are reportedly worried about liberal Worcester activists registering “disenfranchised people” to vote. Expect that word choice to be mocked in the coming weeks.
a City Councilor, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve Worcester in a different capacity.
It is my understanding that there will not be a special election, so there will be a primary in September, and of course, the final in November.
I know that I am eminently qualified with 13 years of service as a School Committee Member and City Councilor. I spent six years on the School Committee lobbying at the State House on behalf of the Worcester Public Schools.
Sen. Harriette Chandler or to the other local lawmakers should they need assistance from Beacon Hill.
“The other four of us feel certainly a kinship to that district and we will do our level best, along with Senator Chandler as well who represents that district, to provide constituent services to make sure we don’t let anything fall short in the budgetary process as well,” he said. “[Pedone] still has an active phone number where constituents can reach. He’s made it pretty clear that Senator Chandler is available and we certainly can all, through her, assist with whatever work needs to be done in that district.”
A whopping 56 percent of those polled answered “don’t know” when asked whether they view him favorably or unfavorably, while 27 percent said they viewed him very or somewhat favorably and 17 percent viewed him very or somewhat unfavorably. (His anonymity, spoofed last fall in this video for a MassINC fundraising event, remains intact.)
Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder threw out the lawsuit, finding that any accusation of racism “centered on McFarlane’s interpretation” and was therefore protected speech.
The claim about the comment was rejected because federal law mandates that the newspaper “cannot be held liable for comments posted to its website,” said Kinder. Dalle’s allegation that a Telegram employee had posted the anonymous comment was “entirely devoid of detail or elaboration,” added Kinder.