I sent the following to the Joint Committee on Election Laws today in support of Vote by Mail provisions for the 2020 elections in the Commonwealth:
Dear Chair Finegold and Chair Lawn,
I am writing today in support of SD.2912/HD.5026, the 2020 Vote by Mail Act, as a political candidate and a concerned citizen of the Commonwealth.
I believe that anyone who wishes to do so should be able to vote in person, as the bill provides for, but we are all well aware that the process of re-opening our Commonwealth will be long, careful, and strenuous, and the possibility of that uncertainty extending into September and November will compound the existing stress on individuals, families, and campaigns.
Speaking as an individual, I am confident that Vote by Mail is safer for my own wellbeing, the wellbeing of others in my community, and the wellbeing of poll workers, who tend to be older and more at risk. To err on the side of caution, and to protect the lives of my neighbors, I am adamantly in support of expanding the eligibility of vote by mail to include everyone.
Speaking from our campaign, I believe it is an imperative that every registered voter receives a ballot. As uncertainty continues building surrounding this pandemic, we should not ask voters in our Commonwealth to have to face further challenges in voting than they will already be presented with. Our campaign has spoken with many concerned families, who fear that voting will be unnecessarily complicated during our September 1st primary. I do not want voters in a situation where they must choose between voting and their safety. We need to send an absentee ballot to each of them automatically.
I appreciate your work on this important issue. Defending democracy is the business we are all in, and I hope you'll find Vote by Mail the safest way to ensure our Commonwealth has free and fair elections.
Michael Eugene Dooley
Norwood, MA - On January 30th, community leader and local activist Mike Dooley will announce that he is challenging 28-year incumbent, Representative John Rogers, in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, September 1. The 12th Norfolk District covers Norwood, Mike’s hometown, and precincts 1, 2, 6, and 7 of Walpole.
Dooley has made it clear that his campaign will address issues that he feels the incumbent has ignored. “The first job of a State Representative is to be active in the community you represent, to see and hear what matters most to you,” Dooley said.
He added, “Our district deserves an enthusiastic Representative who is full of energy and eager to bring new ideas to the table.” Dooley believes that transparency should be a cornerstone for all elected officials. “My door will always be open to everyone, not just political insiders and the well-connected. The community should have a say in what their Representative does on their behalf.”
Dooley also plans to campaign on battling addiction, improving public education, and combating climate change. “These issues are important to the people of Norwood and Walpole, as well as the people of the Commonwealth,” Dooley said, “I will ensure that these issues receive the attention they deserve.”
Mike Dooley is an activist, community organizer, and civic leader running for the 12th Norfolk District seat. He has served as an elected Representative Town Meeting member for District 7 of Norwood since 2018. He is also the current Membership and Outreach Director for the Young Democrats of Massachusetts, a mobilization consultant for political campaigns, and a Norwood baseball coach.
See more at www.votedooley.com