Vermont’s Elections have been ranked as the nation’s most accessible. Jim Condos, VT Secretary of State announced on Monday that for the second consecutive year Vermont has ranked #1 in the State Election Agency Report by Ballotpedia. Ballotpedia is a nonpartisan online encyclopedia of American politics and elections.
The annual report measure state election agencies in terms of their ease of access, quality of information and response speed.
Vermont topped the list receiving 49 out of 50 possible points. NH came in at #8, MA came in at #5 and ME placed at #7. New Mexico, meanwhile, ranked at the bottom, earning six out of 50 possible points.
As part of its analysis, Ballotpedia sent email inquiries to every state election agency and measured response times. Of the 35 states that responded within the specified 96-hour time frame, 29 did so within 24 hours.
You can view the he full report at https://ballotpedia.org/2016_state_election_agency_accessibility_report
Vermont’s early voting for the general election begins this Friday. Vermont’s Secretary of State Jim Condos announced that early voting will officially open on Friday, September 23rd.
Any registered voter can request a ballot from their town clerk by phone, mail, or online and cast their vote for the November 8th election. Condos said Vermont’s early voting system is one way the Secretary of State office ensures voting is accessible to eligible Vermont voters. Vermonters can also request a ballot to vote early by visiting. the Secretary of State’s website at: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/elections/voters/absentee-voting.aspx
NH Republicans gathered yesterday to hear the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump speech on National Security in Manchester. Representative John Burt of Goffstown was at Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College and explained what he what he was looking for from Mr. Trump’s speech.
Although Candidate Trump didn’t mention names he did say, what he would do to fight terrorists.
Mr. Trump spoke for about 40 minutes and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Ex-Speaker of the NH House Bill O’Brien said he felt Trump was right about immigration.
Trump’s Fundraiser in Boston and Rally in Portsmouth was cancelled out of respect for the victims of the terrorists attack in Orlando on Sunday morning
The race for the NH State Senate seat in District 8 has heated up. Ruth Ward of Stoddard NH has entered the race. Ward joins retired aviation sales and marketing executive Jim Beard of Lempster on the Republican side and insuring a republican primary. Also running for the senate seat vacated by Jerry Little, is Democrat John Garvey of New London. Garvey is a lawyer and Law Professor at the University of New Hampshire.
Ward says she wants to take voters concerns to Concord.
Ward currently serves on Stoddard’s Planning Board says she plans a door-to-door campaign.
District 8 covers parts of Sullivan, Merrimack and Cheshire Counties and includes the towns of Acworth, Antrim, Bennington, Bradford, Croydon, Deering, Francestown, Goshen, Grantham, Hillsborough, Langdon, Lempster, Marlow, Newbury, New London, Newport, Springfield, Stoddard, Sunapee, Sutton, Unity, Washington, Weare, and Windsor
Town Moderator Howard Dunn and Supervisor of the Check-list Ella Casey look at election results
Newport has a new Select Board member. John Hooper will take the seat vacated by Gary Nichols who sat on the board for 22 years. Jeff Kessler incumbent board member was also voted in to serve another term.
Supervisor of the Check-List Ella Casey said it was a low voter turnout.
Article 11 that would have added $5.00 to vehicle registrations for repair and up keep of Newport Roads failed. Also failing was Article 12, which would have given the Selectboard the right to sell and buy property after submitting the plans to the Planning and Conservations Boards. Voted down also was Article 13 which would have authorized the Planning Board to require preliminary site reviews.
Sunapee Incumbent Select Board members Shane Hastings and Fred Gallup retained their seats from challengers Don Bettencourt and Charles Smith. All of Sunapee’s Warrant Articles passed except for Articles 5 and 8, which pertained to planning and zoning board ordinance changes. April Royce won a one-year term on the school. Brian Garland and Heather Furlong each won a three-year school board seat beating incumbent Jan Bettencourt. All of the school district Warrant Articles passed except for Article 6, which asked for $36,000 for paving of the school’s parking lot. For all of Sunapee’s voing results visit the town’s web site.
Vermont saw a high voter turnout on Tuesday with voters casting ballots for local issues and presidential candidates. Springfield saw over a 38 percent turnout. One draw was Springfield’s Warrant Article 8 the Blight Declaration. Selectman Walter Martone explains.
The article passed 1892-499, Martone said the next step would be for the Town of Springfield to come up with a plan.
Weathersfield’s voter turnout was over 48 percent and one item on its warrant was to replace the West Weathersfield Fire Department Engine 3(three). Fire Chief Josh Dauphin said last year the request for a new engine truck was defeated.
However, this year the outcome was different voters passed the article 601-393 for the new Engine truck.
Dan Cherry and Superintendent Cindy Gallagher
Over 100 voters attended the Newport School District Deliberate Session on Tuesday night. Only article three was amended. The amendment originally called for the proposed operating budget and the default budget to be $17,274,889. Shannon Howe made a motion to increase the proposed budget by $318,000 in order to allow a year transition for moving pre K and kindergarten to Towle School and moving grade 5 to Richards, and 6 graders to the middle high school. Bert Spaulding took issue with the increase to the proposed budget.
The amended article passed on a ballot vote 71-29.
Superintendent Cindy Gallagher expressed her appreciation for those who attended.
Voting on the School District Budget takes place on March 8 by ballot at the Newport Opera House.
Former NH House Speaker Bill O’Brien and Crowd waiting for Cruz
About 200 people braved yesterday’s snowstorm to see Presidential Candidate Senator Ted Cruz in Washington NH. Cruz is planning on visiting 17 towns in 10 counties and plans to spend a lot of time in NH.
Cruz’s events in Hooksett and in Goffstown on Jan. 20 were cancelled according to Eventbrite due to an unexpected vote in the Senate regarding Syrian refugees. No word on if the events will be rescheduled.
Senator Marco Rubio was presented with a Ruger American Riffle
Republican Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio stopped by Rugers in Newport Friday Afternoon. Employees were anxiously waiting Rubio’s arrival. Kim White plant engineer was hoping to shake Rubio’s hand.
White said he does not remember any democrat candidates stopping at the plant but he wishes they would.
Rubio spoke on the second amendment and how people are more aware of the importance of self-protection.
After leaving Rogers, Rubio address a large crowd at the Common Man in Claremont.