Personally, I would not put the note at the bottom. But if you want to I would separate in the message what you do "per state statute" and what you do in Huntington. The whole message is not based on statute.
Ann F Webster
Middlebury Town Clerk
94 Main Street
Middlebury VT 05753
Office Hours M-Th 7:30am - 5:30pm
From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Huntington Town Clerk - Heidi Racht
Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 4:24 PM
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Subject: Paper insertion with absent voter ballots
Our town is voting on six different ballot items on four separate sheets
of paper on Town Meeting Day.
I have decided to put in a half sheet that tells people that they should
have four separate pieces of paper in their envelope and that each
ballot needs to be returned, even if it isn't voted, and then all the
business about the certificate envelope (sealing and signing).
I was thinking of adding this at the bottom of the half sheet:
Per state statute, all absentee ballots are opened at the polls on
Election Day by two Justices of the Peace. Absentee ballots in batches
of 25 are then put into ballot boxes along with ballots voted at the
polls. Certificate envelopes are used to check off names on the Voter
Checklist. Every attempt is made by Huntington election staff to assure
the confidentiality of your vote.
Can you please comment?
Thanks, in advance.