InCity Times candidate endorsements and more …

Please vote tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 20!
It’s our city’s preliminary election, which will narrow the field for Worcester city council at large candidates and candidates for districts 1 and 5.

We ask you to VOTE FOR:

AT LARGE city council candidates:

– Michael Germain
– Konstantina Lukes
– Joseph O’Brien
– William (Bill) Coleman

District One (1) city council candidate:

Virginia Ryan

All the above folks are good people who have a moral compass and will do right by ALL the people of Worcester. These candidates are also hard workers, folks who will study the issues, advocate for YOU and return/will return phone calls! They are passionate about public service!

Vote for them! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Thank you!

Rosalie Tirella

Now this from the Mass. ACLU:

Massachusetts law permits organizational T-shirts at polling places

In advance of tomorrow’s (Tues., Sept. 20) election, ACLU concurs with Worcester Elections Commission that people may wear T-shirts supporting organizations such as Neighbor to Neighbor at polling places.

WORCESTER — In advance of the preliminary election in Worcester on Tuesday, Sept. 20 – and in light of recent controversy over T-shirts worn at polls by supporters of the community organization Neighbor to Neighbor – the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts concurs with the recent ruling of the Worcester Elections Commission, which affirms the right to wear organizational T-shirts at polling places.

Today the ACLU issued the following statement, attributable to staff attorney Sarah Wunsch:

“Massachusetts law provides for a zone of 150 feet around the entrance to a polling place, within which no one can engage in activity aimed at influencing how a voter will vote on candidates or ballot questions that are on the ballot in that election. Wearing a T-shirt with the name of an organization is not prohibited advocacy.

“Those who tried to get the Worcester Elections Commission to prohibit the wearing of T-shirts bearing Neighbor to Neighbor’s name are not only misrepresenting the law for their own political purposes, they are trying to divert attention away from real issues about access to the polls, such as efforts to intimidate and deter people from voting. Wearing a T-shirt that supports a community organization like Neighbor to Neighbor, the Main South Alliance, or the Worcester Homeless Action Committee is not prohibited at the polls under state law, and people willing to assist with and observe the elections process should not be attacked for their commitment to our democratic system.”

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