I do the same. I have about fifteen people I have emails for and I send
bcc to everyone and am done in no time.  It works out well. 

Cheryl L. Moomey, Clerk-Treasurer
Town of Essex
81 Main Street
Essex Jct., VT  05452
PH: 802-879-0413  FX: 802-878-1353
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-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ann Webster
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2006 4:45 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Absent Voter Lists for Political Parties

I have not found the request to be too unreasonable. We type up labels
each day for the absentee ballots we are sending out. I created a
distribution list in my email for those who want me to send them the
list. I only have two on the list. The Democratic Party and the
Republican Party. I email the distribution List each day at the end of
the day and attach the labels. It takes 2 seconds. They are not
interested in the ones who have voted in the office so they do not care
if they are not part of the list.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bennington Town Clerk's Office [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2006 11:08 AM
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Subject: Re: Absent Voter Lists for Political Parties

We only have to PROVIDE the absentee list, not supply it.  I have mailed
nearly 500 ballots already.  I am far to busy to be sending lists to
anywhere every day or every week.  The party sends someone in to go
through the requests at a convenient time for us at the office.

As for leaving someone off the list, I look forward to hearing others
respond, but I am not sure we can actually do it.  It is public record.

Cassandra J. Barbeau
Assistant Town Clerk
Bennington, VT  05201
(802) 442-1043
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-----Original Message-----
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
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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.

Heidi Racht