Recently, Mansfield Board of Selectmen Vice Chairman Olivier Kozlowski made strides in helping to establish a non-binding ballot question in some of Bristol County's districts that aims to require the presentation of a government issued identification in order to vote in Massachusetts.
The new initiative, which will be on the district ballots in the first, fourth and sixth Bristol districts, will be voted on come November as a non-binding vote to show support for voter identification. The idea, according to Kozlowski, is designed to help minimize voter fraud.
Kozlowski worked with Peter Sacks at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to work on the language of the bill. The ultimate approval, even after possible support, would be up to the Attorney General. And the ballot question will essentially put out feelers for support of the bill.
Last year, several supporters tried to get a full state proposition on the ballot for this November, but the Attorney General's Office rejected the bid to require government ID for voting in Massachusetts, saying the cost of procuring a legal photo identification disenfranchises many voters.
But what do you think? Should Massachusetts require voters to present ID when at the polls? Will this prevent voter fraud, or hinder the freedom of elections?