Massachusetts Voter Fraud Law
Section 28. Whoever, at a primary, caucus or election, aids or abets a person who is not entitled to vote, in voting or attempting to vote, or in voting or attempting to vote under a name other than his own, or in casting or attempting to cast more than one ballot, shall be punished by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than five years, or both.
Voter Fraud at Town Meeting?
Did it occur? Was it widespread?
While we don't see how the Lavenson/Tichnor letter titled Setting record straight on Town Meeting actually sets anything straight, it has has so far generated 3 interesting responses that actually do:
John Flaherty (one of the eyewitnesses of the multiple handsets)
Michael Short (WVN)
Tuesday, March 31 - A sad day for transparency in Wayland
George Harris has been a watchdog for transparency in Wayland for years. When he served on the Board of Selectmen (3 terms), we did not have sky-high tax bills like the one we recently received. Nor did we have recurring Open Meeting Law violations, nor the disheartening divisiveness we've had over the last 10 years.
Without a place at the table for Harris, there is no reason to believe these issues will end any time soon. However, Harris and others will continue to seek transparency and hold town government accountable for their actions.
This year's tax bills arrived in the mail the day after the election. Coincidence, or deliberate timing? Like the unreasonably early election day, held before many retirees return from their winter habitats, many people believe that the town government is eager to minimize the number of votes in opposition to their agendas.
However, a whopping 40% of those who voted in Tuesday's town election bullet voted. 980 of the 2456 voters refused to consider a second candidate for Board of Selectmen, opting instead to endorse only ONE candidate. It’s clear that the winter of our discontent has not ended.