The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Letters

March 13, 2013

Viewpoint: County should not rush into voting centers

By Claude R. Huffman

Summitville resident


This letter is in response to a viewpoint published Jan. 20: Discussions on voting centers in Madison County.

I have no objection to voting centers. However, the premise was that the objective was to be cost saving and to create flexibility. If vote centers are adopted, we could reduce polling staff and require fewer voting machines. Cost saving in personal life, business and government should be a prime consideration. However, if there is one area where cost should not be the motivating factor, it would be in the operation of polling places. The primary function of a polling place is to allow citizens to cast their vote without undue harassment or impediment due to time constraints (i.e., long lines).

If we choose Voting Centers, what will we do to ensure voters have reasonable access to vote in a timely manner? If voters can come from anywhere in the county, how do we decide how many machines and the number of personnel necessary at each center? If a center develops a backlog (anything over 15-30 minutes wait), will the center be prepared with additional personnel and machines so the wait issue can be resolved?

These issues must be decided before we move to vote centers. Also, specific rules and guidelines must be developed and committed to by all political parties involved, so the process maintains continuity during all elections.

I have spent many years of my life serving our nation. The primary motivation was national defense and protecting citizen rights. There is nothing more sacred in America than the citizen’s right to vote. There is a large number of veterans living in Madison County who have sacrificed much for their country. I urge all veterans to become involved in the voting center discussions. All voting citizens should become involved. No matter what your politics, if the voting process becomes limited for any reason, at some point in the future we will no longer be a free nation.

Claude R. Huffman retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of command sergeant major.

1
Text Only
Letters
  • Letter: Dr. David and Kay Mares are local treasures Throughout history we have had treasures that were not appreciated until years or centuries after their time. The lost art of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The terra cotta men of China. Vincent Van Gogh was a failing, starving artist in his time. Now his works are some of the world’s most valued. Madison County has a prize of its own that should be recognized in its time.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Reservoir promotion has circus approach P.T. Barnum is starting his tour to promote the reservoir by going to all the towns surrounding the dream. Rob Sparks is this town's P.T. Barnum.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Repentance is key to surviving times What happens to a nation that refuses to repent before God? What happens to a nation that had strong Christian beginnings, but now more closely resembles Sodom and Gomorrah?

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Anderson's annexed areas still lack business On July 10, 2014, at the Anderson City Council meeting, the executor of the estate was shut off from speaking, because she did not live in Adams Township, and the person from Adams Township tried to get up and speak was not allowed to. The council rushed the vote for zoning the land for business.

    July 22, 2014

  • Letter: Birth control, abortion should be woman's choice Why are Republicans so gung-ho on restricting birth control and abortion? That's easy. Republican legislators are so unpopular because they don't legislate and literally block all bills that would help the middle and lower income classes.

    July 22, 2014

  • Bannon, Tom Viewpoint: Paramount is an investment that is paying dividends About 25 years ago the citizens of Anderson made a decision that would have a long lasting impact on the community. Instead of saving the old Paramount Theatre, which had fallen into serious disrepair, it was decided that the easy and prudent decision was to get rid of the building to create additional downtown parking. Shortly after the Paramount came down, the community got rid of another abandoned structure when the old Carnegie Building, which was the former home of the Anderson Public Library, was torn down.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter: Wall Street should not be in politics Talk about corruption, ponzi schemes, we're looking at you, Wall Street, controlling the prices of our food, gasoline and clothing we must buy and about every company in America — while trashing President Obama, the Affordable Health Care Plan, along with every Democrat, to influence our elections, at the same time.

    July 17, 2014

  • Letter: 23 Relay for Life teams raised $40,000 As chairs of this year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Madison County, we would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support.

    July 17, 2014

  • Letter: Ritz under attack by state education board I attended the Indiana State Board of Education meeting in Indianapolis on Wednesday, July 9, and was genuinely disturbed by what I saw.

    July 17, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Dispatchers should not lose wages, benefits In regard to the plan to combine the city and county dispatch centers to one unit: Since this has come up it has pointed out a shameful tragedy of a group of employees in a life-saving unit of government. The city's emergency dispatch operators haven't had a pay raise in about 10 years.

    July 16, 2014

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide