West Hartford Looks To Avoid Referend...

West Hartford Looks To Avoid Referendum-Rosh Hashana Conflict

There are 31 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Aug 7, 2008, titled West Hartford Looks To Avoid Referendum-Rosh Hashana Conflict. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

When civic duty and a sacred religious holiday collide, the holy day has to win, acknowledged town officials, who are scrambling to move the budget referendum tentatively scheduled for Sept.

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MY West Hartford

AOL

#34 Aug 8, 2008
Blah wrote:
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Okay-the town belongs to you,yet you do not hold a job working for the town.Do you not qualify?Flunk the exams? Anyone so concerned has to have at least once applied for hmmmmmmm-maybe a police position?? Did not pass the polygraph perhaps??
This is really rediculous and I don't know why I bother, but my source of income (now or in the past) should not be necessary to present facts for all to consider. I do think this information is important only to make informed decisions & learn what is actually going on, not to be attacked by someone like you.
West Hartford is a great Town, unfortunately it has been devided and no longer will all it's residents remain quiet and facilitate the missuse of our resources (tax dollars).
PS yes it is MY town.
Blah

Meriden, CT

#36 Aug 8, 2008
MY West Hartford wrote:
<quoted text>This is really rediculous and I don't know why I bother, but my source of income (now or in the past) should not be necessary to present facts for all to consider. I do think this information is important only to make informed decisions & learn what is actually going on, not to be attacked by someone like you.
West Hartford is a great Town, unfortunately it has been devided and no longer will all it's residents remain quiet and facilitate the missuse of our resources (tax dollars).
PS yes it is MY town.
TooooToooTo close to the mark...
Rational

Andover, CT

#38 Aug 8, 2008
ooops. "...they're..." --typo
The Man

Auburn, ME

#40 Aug 8, 2008
typo - every citizen
Fed Up

United States

#41 Aug 8, 2008
Hold firm and hold the referendum on Sept 30. Absentee ballots work just fine.
Dan

New Haven, CT

#42 Aug 8, 2008
Seperation of church and state? Or does that only apply to "Right-wing" Christian Conservatives?

Where is the ACLU on this?
OR Agrees

Hartford, CT

#43 Aug 9, 2008
Just a guy wrote:
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I have never submitted an absentee ballot but it is common practice in many states - with very favorable reviews. Sometimes it does not matter if you are absent. You can just desire to submit a mail in ballot. West Hartford prides itself on being progressive. Abentee ballots are progressive. Mail-in ballots are progressive. As I understand it, you can submit the ballot beforehand, the point being that you do not have to submit it on voting day! No one of any denomination should object to such a simple process!
I just recently moved here from Portland, OR. All of the elections there are by mail-in ballot. I would agree: it's easier, there's no thought about interrupting your day and you can do it on your time table - regardless of holidays. I would also agree that it is progressive and would seem to help those with time commitment/conflicts.
WH Gal

Danbury, CT

#44 Aug 9, 2008
OR Agrees wrote:
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I just recently moved here from Portland, OR. All of the elections there are by mail-in ballot. I would agree: it's easier, there's no thought about interrupting your day and you can do it on your time table - regardless of holidays. I would also agree that it is progressive and would seem to help those with time commitment/conflicts.
I was going to ask if anyone had any experience with mail in ballots - in theory it seems simple.
I think WH should stick with the originally date and do mail in ballots; and YES I would be fine with mail in ballots on xmas, easter, july 4th, or groundhogs day. Putting something in the mail is a whole lot easier than driving to the polling station.
voter

Farmington, CT

#45 Aug 11, 2008
Voting by absentee ballot seems to be an acceptable form of voting for those in the military, nursing homes, college, etc. Why not in this case?
Guy Von Plasquin

Sandy Hook, CT

#46 Aug 11, 2008
WH Gal wrote:
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I was going to ask if anyone had any experience with mail in ballots - in theory it seems simple.
I think WH should stick with the originally date and do mail in ballots; and YES I would be fine with mail in ballots on xmas, easter, july 4th, or groundhogs day. Putting something in the mail is a whole lot easier than driving to the polling station.
And so much 'greener' too. Just think of how much gas will be used driving 10-20K people to the polls.
MY West Hartford

AOL

#47 Aug 11, 2008
Guy Von Plasquin wrote:
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And so much 'greener' too. Just think of how much gas will be used driving 10-20K people to the polls.
Are we stupid, I just realized why we must vote at the polls and not by mail. Mailing a ballot would allow a much larger number to participate and knowing that our Town employees (we do have a bunch) would be needed to count them (maybe the Union say's they can't & that only the registrar of voters can validate each mail in ballot) then what would we do?
No final tax bill till next year, HOORAY.

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