Massachusetts citizens like much of the country have suffered to a large extent because of the decline in the economy. Employment opportunities have been lost, cities and towns have reduced services and many citizens have seen their family finances hurt. The challenges of these times make the choices voters will make at this election all the more important. This election is an opportunity for your voice to be heard.
If you have not yet registered to vote, we have enclosed a form for you to fill out and mail back, but you must register by October 13, 2010 to have your name appear on the voting list. If you or any other members of your household would like any additional registration forms, please contact 1-800-392-6090 or 617-727-7030.
There are three binding statewide ballot questions that will appear on your ballot. The 2010 Information for Voters booklet lists each question with the text of the proposed law, statements describing the effect of a yes or no vote, a summary and brief argument for and against each question. This information will assist you in making a thoughtful decision before you enter your polling place and you can even take it with you into the voting booth if you wish.
My office provides many important services including business formation, investor protection, land record recordation and many others. However, the most important service we perform is providing citizen information. If you need help finding your way through state government, please contact our Citizen Information Service at 1-800-392-6090 or 617-727-7030.
I urge you to vote on November 2, 2010 and exercise the most essential right of our democratic system. Polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. statewide and absentee ballots are easily available.
Very truly yours,
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth