A test of your  ballot knowledge

To the editor:

This is a test for Jaffrey residents. How you answer may qualify you to join a voting rights task force forming in Jaffrey.


State law, consistent with our constitution says: “The counting of votes shall be public.” (In legal terms, shall means this is not a choice.)

Which methods of counting follow our law?

1. Votes taken during Town Meeting

2. Watching our votes counted by our neighbors (and maybe us) and overseen by the watchful eye of our moderator (with selectmen and town clerk watching, too).

3. Watching the poll tape being pulled from the computer.

4. The moderator counting votes in a backroom with no observers.

5. All of the above.

6. None of the above.

Remember, the pre-election ballot testing does not guarantee the computer will count accurately on election day. The Secretary of State has known that since at least 2006, but evidently hasn’t told local election officials. However, it is a well-known fact, not “conspiracy theory” as a few misinformed people in Jaffrey have claimed.

Which methods of counting follow our law? You should also know that our moderator doesn’t certify the accuracy of the numbers coming out of the computer. He, the town clerk and selectmen, sign the poll tape that says, “We the undersigned, do hereby certify the election was conducted in accordance with laws of the state” (meaning the votes were counted in public).

Check out a forum on the topic by visiting Google Groups, typing “Jaffrey Voices” into the search bar, clicking “Show All Topics” and choosing “Jaffrey Voting Rights Task Force.” Contact me if you’d like to be part of this group.

Deborah Sumner


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