Well spoken Heidi
From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Huntington Clerk/Treasurer's
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2006 10:53 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Absent Voter Lists for Political Parties
I received a request this morning from a voter for an early ballot.
Having made the absent voter request, he also asked that his name not be
given to any political parties as he does not want to be solicited as
his mind is made up. Can I leave him off? If so, what about the other
voters who weren't savvy enough to ask for privacy?
I received a call on Tuesday from a worker for one of the major
political parties reminding me that it was absent voter time and that I
would be sending the list daily. As this was news to me, I told her that
I would be sending it at the end of each week as I can't do this
everyday. Her supervisor came on and reminded me that an email had gone
out about this (I hadn't gotten online yet, so I hadn't seen it). Again,
I emphasized that I would provide the list every Thursday afternoon
only. We ended the discussion cordially.
I would like to weigh in on the discussion about the absent voter ballot
requests sent out by political parties directly to the clerks, as I feel
that there has been a lot of animosity expressed.
The political parties often have people on the phones who are
enthusiastic volunteers. I have dealt with both major parties and found
that there is not an attempt here to defraud or cause chaos, simply
youthful inexperience (and I am sympathetic to this as I have three
teenage boys) and perhaps insufficient training.
As I am calling every voter whose absentee request is signed by an
election worker, I called the headquarters and suggested that they add
the phone number at the top of the form to save those of us who are
making the calls the time it takes to look up the number. I am not sure
that the word will get out to everyone.
Volunteerism is to be encouraged - our towns could not exist without
volunteer efforts - from Meals on Wheels to fire departments to coaches
to listers. At a time when people are disconnecting from community, we
should be celebrating the involvement of youth in our political system.
We will all see the benefit of their involvement.