It seems that the absentee ballot law is more than adequate - why confuse
the constituents any more?
The proposal on the active and inactive checklist - does that mean we will
have to keep two and, what if an "inactive" person shows to vote during an
If the purpose is to increase voter turnout the Legislature needs to address
WHY there is apathy in the State - I think you summed it up best when you
said that the voters don't trust the government! Maybe they need to
re-evaluate the laws already on the books and how they can keep their word
to the voters of the State of Vermont - if people have trust they'll vote!
From: JOHN P CUSHING <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 1999 12:35 PM
Subject: ELECTION lEGISLATION
> Legislation is being drafted reference to absentee ballots : (b)
>In a political subdivision in which the polls open later than seven a.m.
>voters may if the board of civil authority so votes, apply in person at
>the polling place for absentee ballots between the hours of seven a/m.
>and the time the polls open. In this case the presiding officer or
>designee shall furnish the ballots when a valid application for early
>voter absentee ballots is received. The applicant shall mark his or her
>ballots, seal them in the envelope, sign the certificate and return the
>ballots in the sealed envelope to the presiding officer or designee,
>without leaving the polling placed.
> The board of civil authority may subdivide the checklist
>into lists of active and inactive voters.The list of inactive voters
>shall contain the names and addresses of voters who failed to respond to
>the notice sent pursuant to subdivision (d) (3) of section 2150 of this
>title, whose names have not been removed from the checklist. The names of
>the remaining voters shall be included in the list of active voters.
> We need to know your feelings about these drafts as soon as
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