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JasonPSorens

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vote dates
« on: June 19, 2003, 08:51:59 am »

Due to recent rapid membership growth, the Board decided to set vote dates
now and finalize the rest of the ballot process later.  We plan to send
out ballots to existing members on July 15.  The deadline to sign up to
participate in the vote will be August 15 (if we haven't reached 5000 by
then, the date will be postponed, but it looks as if we will easily reach
5000 by then).  The deadline to return ballots to the vote counting
company will be September 8, then the ballots will go online, with member
# listed, so that each voter can check his ballot and make sure it was
counted correctly.  On September 15 the results will be officially
ratified.

Here are some other salient features of the ballot report being analyzed:

  • Ballots will be paper, they can be returned by mail or by e-mail as

scanned attachments (if the voting company allows this)

  • A single double-sided sheet will be allocated to each state to make its

case, these will be included in the ballot mailing - start putting
together your reports NOW (use the state email lists)

  • We will use an independent vote counting company (we've asked

election.com to do it, but haven't gotten a quote yet)

The reason we haven't been able to approve the report is that there's
still discussion over whether to require either notarization, a document
with name & address, or a phone number.  I think that tripartite system
should work pretty well, provided not too many people opt for the phone
call.
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Re:vote dates
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2003, 09:30:01 am »

Jason:  Is September 8th the deadline for the ballots to be received by the vote counting company?  If so, you might suggest the date that ballots should be post-marked by, to avoid confusion.

Will there be any numerical cutoff for the results to be valid, if less than 5,000 ballots are returned?
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2003, 09:49:26 am »

I know you folks have figured this out, but please DO NOT release "running tallys" as the vote occurs.... Could influence the vote....

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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2003, 11:20:42 am »

Due to recent rapid membership growth, the Board decided to set vote dates
now and finalize the rest of the ballot process later.  We plan to send
out ballots to existing members on July 15.  The deadline to sign up to
participate in the vote will be August 15 (if we haven't reached 5000 by
then, the date will be postponed, but it looks as if we will easily reach
5000 by then).  The deadline to return ballots to the vote counting
company will be September 8, then the ballots will go online, with member
# listed, so that each voter can check his ballot and make sure it was
counted correctly.  On September 15 the results will be officially
ratified.

Shouldn't this go in the "Announcements" section?  This is pretty big news!

It will be good for the FSP to turn from arguing over which state to select, to discussing how to get the next 15,000 members, and what to do to achieve greater liberty in the Free State.

Only 80 days left to make the case for your favorite state.....
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Re:vote dates
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2003, 05:28:21 pm »

Jason: Once you have everything worked out with the amount in total it's actually going to cost, please post the amount per person this is all requiring(including the previous mailings) the least I can do is pay for my own ballots
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Re:vote dates
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2003, 07:26:58 pm »

Jason:  Is September 8th the deadline for the ballots to be received by the vote counting company?  If so, you might suggest the date that ballots should be post-marked by, to avoid confusion.

Yes, that's the deadline for their being received, so we'd definitely recommend having them postmarked by September 6th, if you use USPS.  (I'm recommending that we have the return envelopes already stamped for ease of return.)

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Will there be any numerical cutoff for the results to be valid, if less than 5,000 ballots are returned?

No.  However, over the next couple of weeks, we'll go through the DB and make sure we've got valid mailing addresses for everyone.  Those that don't, we'll contact, and if they don't respond, they'll be removed from the DB, so that we can be sure we've got about 5K real members before the vote takes place.
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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2003, 07:28:04 pm »

I know you folks have figured this out, but please DO NOT release "running tallys" as the vote occurs.... Could influence the vote....

JM

Oh, absolutely.  Actually, none of us will know the running total until the vote counting company releases it at the end.
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2003, 07:30:35 pm »

I am not sure you have my mailing address, is there a way to make sure you have it?  Or should I send it to you via email if you do not have it?

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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2003, 07:32:27 pm »

George, send an email to Tim at members@freestateproject.org, and he'll check to make sure that the address we have is the right one.
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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2003, 07:12:55 am »

This is VERY exciting news! Jason, you should be very proud of yours, and everyone else's, efforts.
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