These elections were well publicized in the local municipal newspapers of record which they have to be by law. Further each ambulance squad held public educational forums prior to the referendum.<quoted text>
My point is, having these elections when no one seems to know about them makes those people calling for the election to be fraudulent.
Conversely, if this election had all the press in the world, and everyone knew about it well in advance, then I would have little to say.
Since I am not from that area, and you seem to know the facts, please educate me. What percentage of people turned out to vote. Again, if South Hampton only has 200 registered voters, then the relatively high voter turnout means I should just shut up. However, if South Hampton has 20,000 voters, and only 118 people voted, I would almost say that there
they may be some sort of fraud here.
May I also point out that saying that it will take an hour to vote if everything was on one day is like saying your taxes would go up 300% if we went to a paid department.
Just as a side note, all the departments that participated in this referendum have a hybrid staff of paid & volunteer to meet county and staff performance criteria.
Perhaps a single voting day is impossible, but do we really need all these separate votes? I have no idea when our fire department elections even are. There are no “Get out the vote” messages for the department elections.
So, I will defer back to you, can you tell us what the percentage of voter turnout was like in this election? Remember, this is thing with the firefighters has been all over Newsday for months. People are mad. They feel all the special districts are trying to get every dollar they can out of us. So, how did these ambulance companies respond? Was this all above board?
Not a clue to % voter turnout. But i'm sure our wonderful Newsday could come up with those numbers with a call to the county board of elections.
The vote took place in a manner required by state law.
This was to decide if the EXISTING length of service award program the public voted on a number of years ago should be amended (again the program itself is also regulated by the state comptroller).
Realize that those who ultimately receive this benefit must have at least five year of active service to said department. When you stop to realize how few volunteer emt's reach this time mark the impact is minimal $'s.