Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ballot update . . .

The trend I shared last week about the number of returned ballots is continuing. On the fourth count for last spring’s levy election there were 5298 returned ballots. For the current election the same number of days has resulted in 6278 returned ballots. The difference is a little less than we saw for day one, but still is higher.

For those like me that believe we need a very high turnout to have any chance of passage, this is an encouraging sign. I believe, however, that we need somewhere between 1500 and 2000 more ballots than last spring to have a chance, so I am hoping for an additional increase in the remaining days.

Running these elections is like a roller coaster. Some days you hear and read things that are encouraging and on others things that are just as discouraging. Most days, you get some of each. I can see why those knowledgeable about campaigns want a fairly tight window; it is so difficult to maintain energy and enthusiasm. The anxiety reaches a point where you just want it to be over so that you can move forward with whatever options are available.

I want to extend a great deal of thanks to the hundreds who are assisting in getting out the word through various activities. It is important that people have as much accurate information as possible as they make the difficult choice they face.

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