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Make change for elections

February 28, 2013

Besides Fredonia voters having a choice of four candidates for two seats and a justice, village residents also have a say on when to vote in the futur....

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Carlaw

Mar-01-13 10:19 PM

What does trying to roll out more votes from uninformed voters accomplish?

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DKexpat

Mar-01-13 3:15 PM

Captain - of course, for as long as I stood in line last NOV, it might as well have been a holiday. :-)

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Captain

Mar-01-13 1:33 PM

My mistake, DKexpat. Election Day is officially known as a "public" holiday, not a national holiday. However, the reason(s) Elec Day was first introduced is clear to most, just not to people who support March elections.

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localresident

Mar-01-13 12:48 PM

DKex, that's about all that's left around here.

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localresident

Mar-01-13 12:47 PM

I think Fredonis IS going to November elections after this one if I am not mistaken. So, Dc, lone goose gaggle church lady, uh, yeah, whatever.

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DKexpat

Mar-01-13 11:38 AM

"Election Day is a national holiday."

For whom? (Outside of civil servants who have the day off.)

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DarkStar

Mar-01-13 11:19 AM

Bulldog,

A lot of people work Saturdays, but in general I think you would find that fewer work Saturdays then Tuesdays.

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Captain

Mar-01-13 9:39 AM

I agree. Election Day is a national holiday. It's purpose, in part, is to insure greater voter turnout. If there's any truth to support this reasoning, than ANY election NOT held on Election Day undermines that objective.

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DKexpat

Mar-01-13 8:34 AM

"...and encourage early/absentee voting..."

Everyone should have the opportunity to vote, and for those who work/can't get to a polling place, early voting or absentee voting would take care of things.

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Bulldog

Mar-01-13 4:55 AM

DKexpat, I work Saturdays, and my wife is unable to drive.

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DKexpat

Feb-28-13 8:31 PM

It was orginally a Tuesday to:

1. Allow for Sunday church attendance. 2. Monday for "horse & buggy travel" to the voting place - was originally/usually the county seat. 3. Tues to vote and return home for... 5. Market day on Wednesday.

Times have changed, and I agree with Phil. Make it the first Saturday in November (or whatever), and encourage early/absentee voting rather than place obstacles in the way.

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PhilJulian

Feb-28-13 4:47 PM

Elections have evolved into an expensive activity and very few voters turn out for local elections. I say consolidate all elections, including school board and budget votes, into ONE ELECTION DAY. I know we will never change the daye for national elections but why are they held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November? I think the first Saturday in November would make alot more sense since most people are free from work on Saturdays. Anything we do to encourage more voter participation would make sense.

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Christopher

Feb-28-13 11:57 AM

ALL elections should occur in November on ELECTION DAY, period! Anything else ensures a lower voter turnout. The only "church lady gaggle" I've been seeing lately is from Dcronlg.

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DKexpat

Feb-28-13 11:23 AM

Sorry, Dc, but you're off base on this one.

We all know local eletions typically have the lowest turnout. So anything that gets more people to vote, that gets more people to pull the level on election day, would result in more representative government.

And that's a good thing, right?

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Dcronlg

Feb-28-13 9:35 AM

Hmmmm...over 150+ years of early November voting, every year for virtually all levels of government -- federal, state and local -- over 150+ years of entrenched behavior by hundreds of millions.

And yet again, the clueless church lady gaggle OBSERVER board divines the unknowable, the unseeable with their omnipresent wisdom from across the centuries & multitudes deeming the wholesale need for change...and for no other reason than to "help" Fredonia...

Precious.

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