I may have a solution to the concerns of the Seekonk town clerk and selectman about not being able to accommodate its citizens to vote on Election Day.
First, here are their issues: it costs too much money to have multiple polling locations, lengthy ballots, traffic and heavy voter turnout (heavy voter turnout is not a good thing?).
One solution: recently the selectman concluded their workload is light enough to meet every other week instead of every week. So, if each of their stipends is cut in half, then Seekonk can afford to have two or even three polling places instead of one. Because voting is something everyone in the town enjoys, I don't think voters will object.
Seekonk residents are accustomed to fighting traffic—driving from the north end to the south end on a daily basis. They also like the idea of actually going out to vote on Election Day. This is the one thing residents feel they still have a right to do. Absentee ballots are for that purpose, voting if you’re absent on Election Day. The senior citizens I see and know in this town will vote no matter what. Not much will stop them. I don't understand why the town is so opposed to making voting easier for all residents.
Another way to save money is to stop wasting money and time on fake advertising for "open" positions when it has already been decided who will be hired. Please stop the charade.
Lastly, without naming names, will the two selectmen please stop chatting like little magpies whenever someone else has the floor at the podium? It's annoying, distracting and rude.
Thank you to the Patch for the opportunity to voice my concerns.