From Secretary of State: Jim Condos
Bruce Parker reports for Watchdog.org, Oct. 8, 2014, that in the 2012 presidential election, 17,383 votes were cast in Burlington, Vermont, according to city-published data.However, 639 of those votes or 3.7%, came from election day walk-in voters whose names were not on the voter rolls and whose registration status was unknown.http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/tag/scott-schrader/
When Watchdog contacted the clerk/treasurer’s office to find out how many individuals voted in recent elections despite not appearing on the statewide checklist,Scott Schrader, Burlington’s elections chief, said affirmation forms from the 2012 presidential election were discarded. Forms from this year’s Town Meeting Day also went missing with a clerk who no longer works for the city.
The Secretary of State’s office manages the statewide voter checklist, but cities and towns “own” their data and thus are responsible for purging their own checklist. In the City of
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YEAR..........2010 / 2011
Ward 1.........648 / 426
Ward 2.........506 / 315
Ward 3.........691 / 592
WARD 4.....1809 / 1194
Ward 5.......1301 / 857
Ward 6.........860 / 561
Ward 7......1430 / 1279
Ward 1: Registered voters: 6,000; Turnout: 8%.
Ward 2:Registered voters: 5,178; Turnout: 7%.
Ward 3:Registered voters: 5,598; Turnout 11%.
Ward 4:Registered voters: 3,952; Turnout percentage: 37%.
Ward 5: Registered voters: 4,929; Turnout: 21%.
Ward 6: Registered voters: 4,994; Turnout: 14%.
Ward 7: Registered voters: 4,126; Turnout: 31%.
Citywide: Registered voters: 34,778; Overall turnout: 17%
New - Updated Vermont Justice of the Peace Guide explains checklist purge and matters related to voting and candidacy.
Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) are grassroots, neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Burlington's seven Wards to encourage citizen participation in City government. A celebration of our right to vote starts with banner and sign making at the Burlington Police Department, followed by a parade to City Hall Park. Sponsored by the Neighborhood Planning Assemblies, League of Women Voters, and the Center for Community and Neighborhoods.
Topics for discussion: information about voter checklist and how to get a more accurate measure of voter participation; efforts city-wide to create appreciative, patriotic spirit on election day; whether location matters and whether polls in North End that are appropriate, convenient, and clearly identified; welcoming new voters; involvement of Secretary of State's Office in effort to increase turnout, and candidates for SoS present their ideas at NPA in Spetmeber. Add anything that interests you to the list of discussion items.
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