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> From: maryzuber <[log in to unmask]>
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> Subject: RE S46 & S48   AND  COLLECTION PROCESS
> Date: Wednesday, January 27, 1999 11:09 AM
>
> RE: 7 AM opening - we have always been open at polling
> place from 7 - 7  - does not affect the town of Hinesburg.
> I do not endorse sending absentee ballots to all registered
> voters. 75 % do not exercise the right to vote anyway, and
> I don't think the burden of postage should fall on the
> town.
> However, I strongly endorse same day voter registration.
> If a person chooses to vote,  then that person will show
> up to do so. I strongly recommend abolishing the registration
> at Motor Vehicle offices - we cannot read the form anyway
> and sometimes they are not received by the individual offices
> until after the closing of the checklist.
> As far as voter fraud - it is hard enough to entice people to
> vote - I surely do not believe they will run around from town
> to town to vote more than once. The chance for voter fraud
> is very minimal as compared to the cumbersome task of
> processing motor voter registration forms (that have to be
> photocopied front & back) to send notification to voter
> that they have been added at a BCA meeting. Also, the
> long forms are illegible and poorly designed.
>
> Enough on voter proposed changes!!
>
> Act 60  I am strongly in favor of collecting the state education
> taxes at the local level. There is no one better trained to do
> so than the Town Clerk/Treasurer. However, the  "gurus" in the
> tax department/property valuation & review/and legislature, best
> sit down - decide if we are going to collect at the local level.
> If so, have software implemented to uniformly serve all towns.
> Advise due date for collection. Advise date $$$ must be turned
> over to State/or School and advise the collection procedure on
> delinquencies. Very simple - however I am sure that some very
> complicated system will emerge - and no one will understand
> it - let alone the ones who design same.
> As I said many times before - just tell us what we have to do -
> and we will do it - so that our citizens have an office to relate
> to - not dialing a voice mail message machine.

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