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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The more you know about the Feb. 10 Special Election...

According to Bond Resolution approved at the December 10, 2008 Town Board meeting, the $2.9 million bonds will be used: pay costs of the construction of improvements to the New Hartford Business Park, including Woods Highway and surrounding areas located in or near the New Hartford Business park, including the Seneca Turnpike/Woods highway intersection realignment with traffic signal; Woods Highway reconstruction; Woods Highway extension; Route 840 intersection-Right-in/Right-out or other suitable connection; other additional road construction, public utility improvements, land acquisition or rights-in-land, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, landscaping, grading or improving rights-of-way, as well as related improvements and expenses in connection therewith, which does not take effect until a proposition for the approval thereof has been approved at a special election by the qualified electors of said Town...
So this money could be used for the Route 840 intersection, public improvements, curbs, gutters, and landscaping!! Is Larry Adler paying for anything?

The resolution goes on to state:
NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that personal registration is required and electors shall only be entitled to vote at said special election unless his or her name appears on the register of said Town prepared for such special election, or such elector registers as hereinafter provided.
HUH???!!! This is exactly how it was worded in the Bond Resolution and in the Legal Notice that appeared in the January 16, 2009 Observer Dispatch. So you can only vote if you are not on the register prepared by the Town? Does that make any sense?
Not yet registered and want to vote on this bond resolution? Did you know that you could have registered on January 27, 2009?
NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that the Board of Registration shall meet from 4:00 P.M. (Prevailing time) until 8:00 P.M. (Prevailing Time) on January 27, 2009, at Butler Memorial Hall in New Hartford, New York, for the purpose of preparing the registers for said Special Election, at which time any person shall be entitled to have his/her name placed upon such registers, provided that at such meeting of the Board of Registration, he/she is known or proved to the satisfaction of such Board of Registration to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at said Special Election. At such hours and place, any person who is not currently registered under permanent personal registration on the lists of registered voters furnished by the Oneida County Board of Elections as of January 18, 2009 must, in order to be entitled to vote at said Special Election to be held on February 10, 2009, present himself or herself personally for registration...
The only place we saw this mentioned is in the January 16, 2009 Legal Notice that appeared in the Observer Dispatch. Guess the town didn't think it was necessary to notify unregistered voters that they could vote by appearing in person before the Board of Registration on January 27, 2009.

And in case you are already registered, but for one reason or another you need an absentee ballot, the Bond Resolution further states:
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that application for absentee ballots for qualified electors may be applied for at the Office of the Town Clerk, at least seven days before such special election if the ballot is to be mailed to the qualified elector or the day before such special election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the vote, or his or her agent.

NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that absentee ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk and received by the Town Clerk not later than 5:00 P.M., Prevailing Time, on the date of the election, February 10, 2009. A list of all qualified electors to whom absentee ballots have been issued will be available in the Office of the Town Clerk where it will be available for public inspection during regular office hours until the day of the election. Any qualified elector may, upon examination of such list, file a written challenge to the qualifications of any elector to receive an absentee ballot, stating the reasons for such challenge. Such written challenge shall be filed with the Town Clerk who will transmit the same to the Inspectors of Election prior to the close of the polls.

This bond resolution and the Special Election on Feb. 10, 2009 are so wrong on so many levels. We are providing a link to the entire December 10, 2008 Bond Resolution.

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