Monday, April 11, 2016

" Proposed Directives for Election Day in Winchester"

Attached is the proposed directives that are planned for election’s going forward in Winchester, with input from the town clerk.  Some of them are mandated by the Attorney General’s Office others are mandated from the Secretary of State’s Office, or the town itself with the 100 foot markings.  I have also included the Attorney General’s Election Checklist.  Someone usually comes down from the Sheriff’s office to inspect the polling place, and not only grades us but also makes the town moderator make  corrections immediately.   

I would still like anyone else’s input on election day procedures.  We can also schedule a face to face meeting if you like, or even a public meeting on election issues. Which would need to be posted at least 24 hours ahead from the meeting.

Denis V. Murphy ll


To avoid confusion on Election Day from the opening to the closing of the polls, the following will be implemented only in the parking lot of the town hall, all in accordance with RSA 664:17.
No signs in the back of or attached to any vehicle while in the Town Hall parking lot except bumper stickers.
-          The front row inside the 100’ area will be reserved only for handicap and elderly parking
-          No large vehicle will park on the edges of the 100’ area of the lot that may impede traffic/pedestrian safety. To be determined by the moderator or designate.
-          Large vehicles must be parked by the Winchester Post Office wall.
-          Parking inside the 100’ area shall be for ½ hour, except for election officials/town employees who are elderly or handicapped.
-          Vehicles left over 2 hours will be towed at owner’s expense.
-          All signs must be attended to; if they are left unattended they may be placed under the stairs of the town hall to be picked up by authorized candidate workers or committee.

These rules will be given to all candidates when they file for office. In addition they will also be posted 72 hours before any election in accordance with 31:41-c




Political Advertising

Section 664:17

    664:17 Placement and Removal of Political Advertising. – No political advertising shall be placed on or affixed to any public property including highway rights-of-way or private property without the owner's consent. All political advertising shall be removed by the candidate no later than the second Friday following the election unless the election is a primary and the advertising concerns a candidate who is a winner in the primary. Signs shall not be placed on or affixed to utility poles or highway signs. Political advertising may be placed within state-owned rights-of-way as long as the advertising does not obstruct the safe flow of traffic and the advertising is placed with the consent of the owner of the land over which the right-of-way passes. No person shall remove, deface, or knowingly destroy any political advertising which is placed on or affixed to public property or any private property except for removal by the owner of the property, persons authorized by the owner of the property, or a law enforcement officer removing improper advertising. Political advertising placed on or affixed to any public property may be removed by state, city, or town maintenance or law enforcement personnel. Political advertising removed prior to election day by state, city, or town maintenance or law enforcement personnel shall be kept until one week after the election at a place designated by the state, city, or town so that the candidate may retrieve the items. Source. 1979, 436:1. 1994, 4:28. 2006, 273:1, eff. Aug. 14, 2006. 2013, 24:1, eff. July 15, 2013.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like more of controlling voters votes and the election process, depriving the voters of their rights to organize, where and when. More of what Parkhurst's Bull$hit tried to enforce a short time ago. Allow this and there will be no political signs allowed in within 1000 ft of the town hall, then 2000 ft. How do we keep electing these dimwits into office like Murphy. Making sure the ones in office keep their jobs and anyone trying to upset their applecart will be discouraged. Good luck Winchester, stupid is as stupid does. Murphy should not have the job as moderator because he doesn't have the brains to do the job. Murphy is going right along with Sharra and the rest.

Anonymous said...

If you read what he wrote, it is taken from state law. Don't blame Mr. Murphy or Jim Tatro. Dennis was just doing his job that day. Even if it wasn't the law, if someone asked me to move my truck for legitimate reasons of the safety issue of visibility and people walking around the parking lot on election day, I would do so. That was just defiance and being a jerk. Big deal to move that truck. It would have been visible further away. There was no need to make a federal case out of it. Some people just like to make waves. It was not meant to be Town Hall against those involved.