One might think this question is a non-issue, but it turns out to be a hot one. Who knew?
Sitting U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) is tied with former Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren in a race for this influential seat. Brown is now blasting a plan to register people on welfare. Per the Christian Science Monitor:
Under pressure from a lawsuit with liberal backers, the state government has agreed to send voter registration forms to anyone on the state’s welfare rolls during the past year, or about 478,000 people.
“I want every legal vote to count, but it’s outrageous to use taxpayer dollars to register welfare recipients as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another,” Brown said in a statement released Wednesday. “This effort to sign up welfare recipients is being aided by Elizabeth Warren’s daughter and it’s clearly designed to benefit her mother’s political campaign.”
The politically progressive group Demos, which helped file the suit against the state of Massachusetts that resulted in the plan, calls the registration nonpartisan and “fundamental to our democracy.”
Turns out a lot of folks not only think that there should not be state-funded voter registration drives aimed at low-income voters, but that welfare recipients should not be allowed to vote at all. (This nation did start as a place where only white, landowning males could vote, so perhaps they prefer our less egalitarian eras.) Google tossed back a bunch of articles, videos, and this post on ConservativePoliticalForum.org:
What do you think?