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September 28, 2013

Rules must be changed to ensure honest vote

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“Further ... petitioners expressed the fact that, although their employment requires them to maintain another residence, their intent is to spend as much of their lives in Bovina as possible.”

Yet neither of these standards was met in the case of the Richfield vote. And still it stands. 

In local elections, where so much is at stake and each vote can play such a major role in the outcome, it is dispiriting to think that the system can so easily be exploited. 

Why not use the same standard for voter registration that we do for taxes? The state requires each of us to define a primary residence — and stick to it. Granted, the tax definition isn’t extremely specific, either. But it would help if, at least, the two had to be the same. Then maybe it would be easier to make sure people are only voting once. 

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