Mike Franco for State Senate 2014! Message Board › Attempt at Voter Suppression?

Attempt at Voter Suppression?

Mike F.
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Chicopee, MA
Post #: 266
This is surely a voting rights issue, and whether or not a registered voter, a candidate himself, may vote for his own candidacy, as well as whether other registered voters may have the opportunity to vote for another voter that has put himself forth within a district. This is also about speech, more specifically political speech, which to me is the highest form of speech in a Democratic-Republic. For instance, an individual voter having the right to express oneself politically speaking, and others having an opportunity to listen to those ideas. Not allowing announced candidates to be balloted if all the requirements of certification are met, would indeed be a violation of the 1st Amendment. There may also be equal protection and due process issues relative to each candidacy. I'm not a lawyer, however. Lastly, this particular circumstance has the appearance of voter suppression, not only for the average Joe or Jane voter, but also against the registered-voter-candidates themselves.

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