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Sun Aug 16, 2020, 10:41 AM

I plan to call the county election board tomorrow (if anyone answers)

Is it possible to buy our own collection boxes to place in town. I would like to place one in front of the police station.

What do they cost? I can take up a private collection.

Presently, the nearest box is 5 miles away. Inconvenient for non-drivers.

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Reply I plan to call the county election board tomorrow (if anyone answers) (Original post)
3Hotdogs Aug 16 OP
Mossfern Aug 16 #1
3Hotdogs Aug 16 #5
Mossfern Aug 16 #6
TreasonousBastard Aug 16 #2
Abnredleg Aug 16 #3
Hoyt Aug 16 #4
Mossfern Aug 16 #7

Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2020, 10:48 AM

1. Which county are you in?

I'm in Essex, and the County Clerk said that they're working hard to make our elections safe and easy.
I don't know yet specifically what the plans will be - I can ask my town clerk about that.

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Response to Mossfern (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 16, 2020, 11:54 AM

5. Essex, also.

I posted this on a Maplewood web site and got a response.

Looks like the county is hoping to add a box in each town.

There will also be at least one live poling station in Maplewood.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 16, 2020, 12:00 PM

6. Thanks

Chris Durkin is on the ball!
Love him.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2020, 10:50 AM

2. If you lived in my county-- absolutely not. Ballots can not be handled by anyone not...

employed by the BoE; and there are strict controls on what is the proper storage of the ballots.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2020, 10:51 AM

3. The issues will be security

And chain of custody of the ballot. Private citizens collecting ballots is just asking for a lawsuit.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2020, 11:45 AM

4. Would be surprised if a county let private citizens put up a box, although it ought to spur them

to make it more convenient.

On the positive side, doubt there are many people who can't get someone to drive them to a ballot collection box 5 miles away. I'm sure there are some, but not many. Maybe volunteers can offer to help people.

Depending where what state you live in, those few folks can likely mail in a ballot, recognizing there might be a small risk it doesn't arrive.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 16, 2020, 12:03 PM

7. That's where the local Democratic Committees come in

They should have people who are willing to drive people to ballot collection boxes.
I was going to say that they should send out flyers or post cards ...but

Hopefully there will be some way to get the word/vote out

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