August 24, 2016

Thursday Open Line

As if to prove there is nothing new under the sun, Massachusetts acted on this date in far-off 1801 to register voters. At that time, the franchise was limited to men — usually those of some property and local repute. Town assessors drew up publicly-posted lists of voters. If any voter was omitted, documents proving eligibility were accepted. The practice caught on very slowly. Only after the Civil War did voter registration become widespread. Today, North Dakota is the only state without a registration requirement. In 2010, out of a voting age population of nearly 230 million citizens, just over 65 percent were registered to vote. In Massachusetts, that percent was nearly 69. Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.


  1. Michael Bobbitt [Verified Account] said on:

    Well here it is past the noon hour on the Thursday before the scheduled County Commissioners and the meeting packet is not posted on the County’s own website. Guess we can assume the commissioners do not have their brand new laptops.

    Five weeks ago the Commissioners authorized the purchase of the laptops. Last time I ordered a Lenovo laptop I received mine in less than ten calendar days. Maybe had the County ordered the new laptops through a Vance County based company the commissioners would already have theirs. Then again I assumed that within 24 hours all the Commissioners would have their Vance County email address posted on the County’s own website. That has yet to happen in more than 2 years with one exception. Two Commissioners have no email address at all.

    Maybe Monday will be a better day.

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