Tele-Talk responses: Should the law mandating town voting on a certain date be abolished?

 

Twelve people responded to this week’s Tele-Talk question: “Should the law mandating town voting on a certain date be abolished?” Seven people said the law is fine the way it is; five said some accommodation should be made for severe weather.

No, the state should not change the law mandating town meeting on certain date. We live in Northern New England, it’s winter, we have one huge snowstorm in 20 some years that happened on Election Day and everybody freaks out. We have too many people from away that moved up here who don’t know how to deal with the snow. We’re in New Hampshire, it’s winter, we vote. Secondly we should stop naming winter storms. It’s just dumb.

Yes, I think the law should be changed to accommodate bad weather.

I’ve got a better idea. I think maybe our government should stop trying to fix what isn’t broken. We had one bad day of weather and now they want to go yakking, and we’re going to change everything, because apparently they ran out of other stupid things to talk about. I find it hard to believe that they’ve run out of stupid things to talk about; they have an abundance of that. So, I would just leave it alone.

This is Jim from Glen. The answer to your question is no, Election Day is Election Day, period.

No, it should not be changed. And when does it end? This is ridiculous. All you warm and fuzzies move up here, we get 18 or 20 inches of snow, and you think it’s the end of the world. This is New England. We have snow. We have wind, we have storms. Let’s get over this and move on; this is ridiculous.

Not necessarily, but you should ask Gov. Chris Sununu or Bill Marvel. They are really smart guys who know the answers to questions like this.

The following comments were posted on Facebook:

No, if the state offices, the courts more notably, feel that the weather is too severe and close, the governor should not ask that voting continue and absentee ballots ahead of a storm are just not practical for all. The law needs an amendment.

This law doesn’t make a lot of sense, considering it’s the business of the towns that needs to be taken care of. Tamworth is a rural town with no public transportation. After the storm, a lot of people had to wait to be plowed out. I think it was a hardship for some people to vote, although I managed it by voting as soon as the polls opened.

The law is fine, but in cases of severe weather, where voter turnout would be substantially impacted, a standardized alternate date should be set up.

If you know it’s going to storm on the day of the elections, call your town office and ask to vote on an absentee ballot the day before.

It’s plain common sense. If the public is at danger due to weather or whatever … common sense.

It should remain, with a clause that states that in situations where it is deemed unsafe to commute, the following Tuesday would be the declared date. The problem with this is many people make the trek out knowing the polls are open. Communication about closing and postponing would need to be broadcasted to as many individuals as soon as possible to avoid losing those voters.

 

Tele-Talk responses: Do you think the state did all it could do to prepare for the three-month partial bridge-closing at the Saco?

There were 31 responses to this week’s Tele-Talk question: “Do you think the state did all it could do to prepare for the three-month partial bridge-closing at the Saco?” Twenty-one people said they think the state did enough to prepare people for the bridge-closing; 10 people said the state did not or offered suggestions about how the state could have handled the closing better.

Yes, I think the state did the best job they possibly could to repair that bridge and notify people. It has to be done, so …

The state did a great job for itself. They know exactly how to handle the local talent up here who never really pushed hard to build a temporary bridge. It’s already having negative and disruptive impacts for businesses and the revenue sent to the state, not to mention all the people that live here. Yes sir, a real good plan. Silver Lake.

I believe the state did a good job to prepare for the three months of closing the bridge. There are plenty of signs saying that it’s closed, but people who can’t read need to go back to school. Steve from Conway.

Absolutely, the state did enough to prepare for the bridge closing. People are just stupid; you can’t teach stupid. There are enough signs up there. If they don’t see them, they should turn their licenses in.

Yes, I think they did do as much they could to be prepared for the three month closing of the bridge. What the concerns me though is the little cartoon underneath the Tele-Talk question. It’s pretty inflammatory, but talk about making fun of people, it’s disgusting.

Yes, I think they did a good job. The state did a good job. Giving a three-month notice for the bridge being done over, and I think drivers should be more careful.

Yes, it did. But a little traffic jam should just be a little happy reminder of just how well our government is functioning.

The state did an incredible job. No matter what they do, people are going to complain. And you people might want to buckle in for the ride because if they get it done within three months, I will be surprised. We’re probably looking at a four-to-five month project. And  itneeds to be done, so stop complaining and get over it, move on and put your big-boy pants on.

Bridge fiasco! The state really dropped the ball on this! It would have made more sense to have northbound traffic cross the bridge than to have north bound traffic go across the covered bridge and fight to get back out onto Route 16 crossing the southbound traffic! It would make much more sense without having to cross traffic. Not sure who came up with this brilliant idea. The traffic flow would be so much better having southbound use the covered bridge “south” than to have cross over traffic trying to get back across Route 16!

No, it did not, but thanks to our attention-grabbing selectman and his son, we were rescued from the congestion. Pure garbage. Conway.

This is Jim from Glen. So good that the bridge is closed for repairs — our tax money at work.

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I think the info got out. People just need to pay attention. What I question is the whole process of the construction. Why not build a temporary bridge, as when they rebuilt the bridges in Glen and Hart’s Location, and get the job done in one season. Not to mention the additional wear and tear on the covered bridge, which will be closed after the first idiot tries to take his RV through it.

All changes take time getting used to, and since I’m sure we all want safe bridges to travel on, we’ll adjust. My only concern is the amount of traffic backing up in the left lane headed north to West Side Road and the covered bridge. That lane is only meant for a few cars and that light only stays green for a few seconds because of it. Now that that lane is the main traffic lane, something needs to be done about lengthening the time of that green light and keeping that lane moving. It’s already an issue on weekdays in early March, so it’s not going to get any better. Not sure if that’s DOT’s task, but Conway Village is going to be a mess if not dealt with soon. Seems like a bug that could be worked out if the powers that be are staying alert.

Of course not. The state barely realizes we live up here unless its time to collect the meals and rooms tax, or they are looking for a place to put a prison or other such NIMBY project. Otherwise we aren’t important to them.

I think they did, there is a sign right at the light that says that the bridge is closed and a detour sign pointing straight, and people pass other signs on the way, too.

I was taking a left, headed toward the covered bridge (southbound) when an older man in a red truck with Conway Fire Department plates gave me the finger and then yelled at me that the bridge is one way now. Some signage on the bridge headed north informing us that it is one way would be helpful. I saw a few others headed southbound when I was driving north. The detour is pretty confusing. I hope that all of the traffic over the covered bridge doesn’t impact it negatively. A little patience and some informative signs would go a long way.

People, and especially visitors, don’t pay attention to the signs. It has to say it on their GPS, which doesn’t work in Conway. Drivers need to pay attention to the signs, but that takes common sense, which is going away because the electronics have to tell us.

How many signs do people need? Really scary that despite all of the signs, people are still confused. Text less, drive more, people.

There’s going to be a really bad accident on the covered bridge because cars continue to go southbound not paying any attention to the signage I really think somebody should speak to the police. I know I will tomorrow (Monday).

I battle with people everyday on the covered bridge. They need to either post a police officer there or close the road from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. It’s ridiculous.

Block the turning lane with the closed sign ... before they turn — obviously, stating open to local traffic only. Poor Bea’s.

Why didn’t they use lights to let north bound go then the light turns red and south bound could pass over the bridge. I would assume it’s because of traffic backing up, but some of the lights at those intersections are way too long! The one by Irving is way too long! We call it the “pack-a-lunch light.”

Yes, it was in the paper a few times with a lot of warning, and, also, the signs are everywhere. Like, Hello! If you didn’t know about and live in town, you live in a cave or can’t read!

It should have been northbound over the steel bridge and southbound over the covered bridge.

Well, one person who I saw attempting to cross the bridge going North, as I was going South across it, was on his cell phone. Perhaps if he had been paying attention, he would have noticed the detour signs.

I am just amazed they are starting now and not starting Fourth of July weekend!

The ones I’ve seen doing so, have their phone pressed to their ear.

There really isn’t much they can or could do. Other than put a closed sign on the Massachusetts border.

Got to tell them flatlandahs: “Can’t get theyah from heyah.”

Three signs don’t do a thing, and they are confusing as hell. Sooo, no.

Tele-Talk: Should the law mandating town voting on a certain date be abolished?

Winter Storm Stella brought a blizzard of confusion after many New Hampshire towns postponed Tuesday's town voting due to the weather. State law says non-SB 2 town and school district elections must be held the second Tuesday in March, with no exceptions. After saying state courts would close, Gov. Chris Sununu encouraged polls to stay open, warning towns they could be sued. An emergency bill was introduced in the Legislature to ensure the postponed voting would be legal.

This week's Tele-Talk: Should the law mandating town voting on a certain date be abolished?

Call 733-5822 Saturday and Sunday and leave your comments on our machine. You may fax your responses to 356-8360 or e-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments can also be posted on The Conway Daily Sun's Facebook page. Results will be published Tuesday.

 

Tele-Talk: Do you think the state did all it could do to prepare for the three-month partial bridge-closing at the Saco?

On Wednesday, the Saco River Bridge in Conway Village was closed to northbound traffic by the state Department of Transportation for rehabilitation work that will take three months. Despite "bridge closed" and detour signs posted at the Route 16/Route 113 intersection, many drivers have been continuing to the bridge, where they must turn around either in the road or in two adjacent parking lots.

This week's Tele-Talk question: Do you think the state did all it could do to prepare for the three-month partial bridge-closing at the Saco?

Call 733-5822 Saturday and Sunday and leave your comments on our machine. You may fax your responses to 356-8360 or e-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments can also be posted on The Conway Daily Sun's Facebook page. Results will be published Tuesday.