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9/21/2013 3:49:00 PM
Clarkdale-Jerome joins override supporters

Yvonne Gonzalez
Staff Reporter

Board members voted Tuesday to unanimously support overrides up for renewal this November at Mingus and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts.

Clarkdale-Jerome's own override was extended in 2011, winning slightly less than 60 percent of the vote and keeping an estimated $140,000 per year in the maintenance and operation budget. The override is up for renewal in 2016.

Each of the members of the board signed a letter to the Verde Independent stating that they "ask again that the citizens use their local option and support education funding."

The Mingus and COCSD overrides were approved in 2009 by much closer margins than at Clarkdale-Jerome School. COCSD's passed by less than 3 percent and Mingus's override vote passed by slightly more than 1 percent of the vote.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Article comment by: itsy bitsy Spider

Well, it looks that way, Mr. Slater-- with C-OCSD footing the bill for additional legal and licensing fees, starting and promoting a new elementary school, adding bus lines, adding teachers each year, and then adding a new preschool to its list of assets.

But Arizona's school funding formulas are so convoluted looks can be deceiving. The C-OCSD administration also seems to have taken some very bad advice from someone addicted to stonewalling.

I'm betting C-OCSD's override would pick up points from a clear, forthright exposition of what went right, what went wrong, why, and what is being done to rectify it.

Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Article comment by: Slater slater

No need for override,The vote is against the
mandate signed 4yrs ago.

Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Article comment by: Just Wondering

If vote-by-mail is just as good as voting at the polls, why didn't the Afghanis vote by mail?

You'd think that would beat standing in line hoping a Taliban sniper didn't pick you off.

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: It seems to me:

Mail-in ballots are as private as provisional ballots.

The Post Office is pretty good at bringing bills and delivering checks.

But the Registrar's loss of control is a problem.

How can they account for all the ballots? How can they certify an election if they can't be sure they've received all voted ballots mailed by the deadline?

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

@ Will Mr. Henry be volunteering his services? -
The upcoming override doesn't have any polling places. It has no privacy and no security, either. Local postal workers will deliver the ballots back and forth without even getting sign-offs or issuing receipts. Anyone and their brother can see whose ballot is which by looking at the envelope. And you're calling Frank Henry's concern for the perceived legitimacy of the final results a "fetish"?

If so, it's a fetish more Americans should cultivate.

As a nation, we spent 200 years perfecting methods for assuring voters their ballots would be totally confidential, carefully handled, and every one counted. We're still working on voter registration procedures and free access to the polls, but I think around the mid-60's most states got ballot privacy and security issues right. In the 1980's, exit polls added a public counter-check to hand and machine counts. At that point, I'd say the system became about as good as humanly possible. But politicians being politicians, it's been chipped away at since. Like everything else of value, if you don't guard it, you'll lose it.

Right now, Verde Valley voters should be thinking about how to make sure their very important to us all ballots don't go astray, either accidentally or accidentally on purpose. This is a contested issue. It effects every school child in C-OCSD, every high school student, and every property owner in the upper valley for the next 7 years.

Our legislators should have their heads examined. Tax issues should never be in a mail-only election.

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013
Article comment by: Will Mr. Henry be volunteering his services? -

Will we see him at the polling places or licking envelopes?

While the sentiment he voices is admirable... he should realize that what seem to be a concern is now looking more like it has reached a level of being a fetish.

By trying to tout how the system should/could be he is actually having the reverse effect and making folks think that their votes may not really matter when in fact then really really do.

While our elections may not be up to his standards of perfection they are the ones that most others in the world are hoping to duplicate. So rather than keep posting the same diatribe over and over can he start encouraging folks to vote instead of telling how broken he feels the system is?

At its' worst it's still the very best.

Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Henry

Let hope all folks who support or oppose the
two overrides election will force the election dept
to honor the "Full Voting Rights" of every voter by:

1. Making sure every ballot mailed out to all
voters is 100% accounted for (we're not there

2. Making sure ballots NOT mailed to respective
voters is 100% accounted for (we're not there

3. Making sure completed ballots mailed back
to the election center is 100% accounted for
(we are not there yet).

4. Making sure all dropped off ballots are 100%
accounted for(we are not there yet).

5. Making sure no counting of ballots until
election day (this right is violated by our
existing law).

6. End of election day in public view:
a) Closing count by hand or machine.
b) Closing reports.
c) Close/Seal machines, if used.
d) 100% Verify hand count and report,
checking for voter intent.
(above 4 steps not done or done in secret
over 50 miles away from Cottonwood)

These are just a few components of our "Full
Voting Rights" and our election dept should be
encouraged to grant us our rights.

Thanks and Good Luck,
Frank Henry

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