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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Selectmen 2020-07-15


Selectmen Minutes - Joint Meeting with Supervisors of Checklist and Moderator

July 15, 2020

Present:  Fred Woodhouse, Diane Callahan, Gary Backstrom

Bill Joyner, Sue Bowles, Liz MacEachran,Anne Murrock, Rory Goff

Call to order by Bill Joyner at 5:10 pm.

Mr. Joyner stated that the objective for the September 8, 2020 primary will be to make sure the voters are comfortable and assured the counts are accurate.

Mr. Joyner has been on various ZOOM meetings about how the State will handle the elections during this declared emergency.  Towns can set rules regarding wearing masks.  Mr. Goff suggested strongly requesting voters wear masks and having masks available for people who don't bring a mask.  After discussion a motion was made for the mandatory wearing of masks in the Meeting House on election day (Woodhouse/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried. 

Discussion of how to inform voters on the rules for election day.  The sandwich board will be set out in front of the school house encouraging voters to look on the website for updates.

Discussion about absentee ballots.  The state is estimating 50% of voters will choose to ask for absentee ballots this year.  For this year, one absentee ballot request will be used for both the September primary and November general election.  There is ongoing discussion at the state level about how to mark absentee ballots for this election.  The state is going to allow towns to open absentee ballots up to 3 days early, except for the envelope that contains the actual ballot.  The state will provide some postage for absentee ballots, that amount has not been determined yet.  Mr. Joyner will ask at the next meeting what to do about sending the second ballot to a different address.

The state will provide PPE for the elections, delivery will be coordinated with Emergency Managers.  The PPE delivery will be for both elections.

Mr. Joyner reviewed items that are still being studied by the state.

The town will need to decide the flow of voters, number of voters in the polling place, locations of personnel, special cleaning before and after the elections.f

There may be "inspectors" of the elections from the Democrat party.

Meeting adjourned at 6:15 PM.

Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 07/21/2020