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Republicans Criticize A Mass. Voter Registration Program

Republicans in Massachusetts are questioning a decision by state officials to send voter registration letters to a half-a-million welfare recipients.   WAMC”S Paul  Tuthill reports.

   Republicans are trying to gain political capital from the disclosure that Massachusetts spent  $276,000 to send voter registration information to welfare recipients.. State officials say it was done in order to settle a lawsuit that alleged the state had violated a federal law requiring that people be given a chance to register to vote when they access public assistance.   The campaign of Republican Senator Scott Brown  turned the controversy into a fund raising appeal, branding the voter registration effort  an example of Beacon Hill Machine politics. Brown’s campaign also noted the daughter of his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, is on the board of the group that pushed the lawsuit.  The state Republican party Thursday demanded to see any relative communication including from the Governor’s office..

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.