The Election Kit

Just going over my election “kit”.  I have a huge brief case with my supplies for election and town meeting.

Making sure I have an ample supply for Tuesday and Wednesday (our town meeting night).

  • Duct Tape
  • Deck of Cards
  • Box of Golf Pencils
  • Sandwich bags for keeping secret ballot vote results.
  • Black magic marker to mark the sandwich bags.
  • Plenty of pens, pencils and highlighters.
  • Self inking stamps like those used at Fairs, etc to stamp voting cards for secret ballot votes (see below).
  • Ample supply of forms to keep track of ballots and voter help forms (see attached).
  • Name tags for “Moderator Assistant”, “Selectmen Designee”, “Election Official” plus my name tag.
  • Gavel
  • Election laws
  • My usual “electioneering” rules that I post outside the voting area.
  • Two signs, one says “With ID” and the other “No ID” so people can form two lines coming in to vote.

I guess that’s a good summary for what I do here in Hollis.

Secret ballot votes:  We used to have people run through the checklist to get their secret ballot, tear it in half (Yes/No) and deposit the vote in the ballot box.

Secret ballot votes took a long time.  We’ve changed the process and now it’s much quicker.

When a voter checks in for the town meeting, we hand them a 3 by 5 card of a color chosen by the Supervisors as they get checked off on the checklist.

When a secret ballot vote comes up; we have the ballot clerks equipped with a self inking stamp.  Voters file thru the checklist but it doesn’t matter which line they go through.  They are not checked off as voting on the checklist, they simply present their voting card which is stamped with the self inking stamp and they are handed a Yes/No paper which they have been told NOT to tear.  They then walk to a table where the golf pencils are and mark Yes or No and then deposit the ballot.  If a voter does not vote on the first secret ballot vote (or comes in late), on the next secret ballot vote; when they present their voting card, there is no first stamp on it so the ballot clerk stamps the card twice showing the voter voted in the second vote.  This is much quicker and we don’t have to chase people for that second half of the torn ballot and we don’t have people depositing the wrong half in the ballot box.

Jim Belanger

Hollis, NH

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2 Responses to The Election Kit

  1. admin says:

    From Lynn Christensen

    People get a voter card when they check is as with yours, but I have them sign it. Then if we have a secret ballot they take the card to an assist mod who has a colored highlighter that they put a line thru the signature and then hand the ballot to the voter. If we have a second vote, the assistants use a different color to indicate they got the ballot. And the ballot has yes and no on it and they circle the one they want – I have never had them tear it – never thought of that as an option.

  2. Chuck Mitchell says:

    Chuck Mitchell, Moderator
    Town of Tilton

    At our deliberative session, each resident has to check-in with the supervisors of the checklist… they are issued a voter ID card which they sign. When asking for a standing vote count, voters are required to stand and hold up their voter cards… we count the cards held up… We put numbers on the Voter ID card in anticipation of secret ballot votes… when the voters go to get a ballot (each ballot being of a distinct color), they show their voter ID card and that card is then punched… i.e. secret ballot # 1 … they punch the # 1. Etc. Each ballot has a Yes or No… and next to “yes” there is a check box and next the “no” there is a check box… and voters are asked to place a check mark in the box indicating their choice/vote. This works well. We bring a bunch of different colored ballots just in case we need multiple secret ballot votes.

    We make our own Voter ID cards each year… and print them at Town Hall.

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