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
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Middlebury VT 05753
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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

Hello Clerks,

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.

Heidi Racht