My understanding is that both in Massachusetts & Vermont (and many other
states), they *cannot* ask you for ID when you go to vote.  They just ask
for your name and your address.

So, though you may think it is one of the nice advantages of living in a
small town, realize that it is an advantage of living in a country where
every citizen has the right to vote (with some exceptions, i.e. convicted
felons in some states).  Though more states now can request and some require
identification, it is controversial and creates a real burden on some
portions of the population, who regardless of their situation, have that
same right.

--Matt K.

On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 2:35 PM, David Guertin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>  On 11/04/2010 02:06 PM, Brad McCusker wrote:
>> I've never been ID'd in Massachusetts, or years back living in CT.
>> It has occured to me that it would be very easy to vote multiple times.
> I've never been ID'd either, but half the times I've voted in my town of
> Cornwall, the person behind the table has either been a friend, or at least
> knew who I was, so they just checked me off the list without even asking.
> Other times (such as this week) the table has been staffed by an old-timer
> who, since I have only lived in town a mere 14 years, did not know me. That
> always disappoints me a little, but it's my own fault for being such a
> newcomer to town.
> I don't see how I'd be able to vote multiple times, though, because a)
> Cornwall is so small that I'd have to disguise myself if I went in a second
> time, and b) I'd have to pretend I was someone else in town, and the chances
> are near 100% that everyone in the room would know that person personally.
> Historical election trivia: in the 19th century election fraud was both far
> more common and far more expected than it is today. There's a long-time
> resident of our town who has written a history of Cornwall. At a town
> function once she told me a funny story about the house in which I now
> reside, which was built in 1835. In the late 1800's there was a closely
> contested election in town, and one enterprising citizen had the notion of
> paying non-citizen French Canadian laborers to vote. People got suspicious
> about what was going on, and went to find the questionable voters to confirm
> what was going on. Unfortunately for them, the Canadians were all hiding out
> in the cellar of a nearby house, and were never found. It turns out that it
> was the house in which I now reside. It's pretty cool thinking of the
> parties that must have gone on down there where I now putter around in my
> workshop.
> Dave G.
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