To the editor:
I implore Barre citizens to call the Barre City Clerk to find out exactly what these technical difficulties were in Our March 1 Barre City Elections. Were there problems with a particular vote tabulator or tabulators used for Ward 2 paper ballots?
Why were 133 Ward 2 paper ballots transcribed?
It would have been faster to keep feeding the ballots into the vote tabulator and eventually have them be accepted after 1-3 rejections or count the 133 paper ballots by hand. They did not have to be transcribed. It would have been faster to hand count the paper ballots!
Where are the original paper ballots that were transcribed to new paper ballots? Who was doing the transcribing? Were Cambel and Stockwell and Waszazak three of the people who transcribed these ballots, three supporters of Hemmerick?
I do not believe Hemmerick won the race for Barre City Mayor! We need a complete re-vote of our election. Because of the transcribing of 133 Ward 2 ballots, a hand count of the paper ballots will not suffice. There is no transparency and integrity in transcribed ballots. Those 133 people lost the sanctity and privacy of their vote. We need to repeat last Tuesday’s election.
Brian Judd, Barre City
Editor’s note: a Q & A between Judd and city officials is scheduled to be published in tomorrow’s edition.