Voting in this country is a honor and duty afforded legally registered voters. This voting process is by secret ballot where the voter may choose to vote Yes, No or simply to abstain from voting on the issue. The primary purpose of the ballot being secret is to protect the voter from people who do not agree with the way they vote. No one has the right to question the voter as to how they voted or to harass the voter in any manner in order to get them to vote a certain way. This is especially true after the issue has been decided by the voters. For any government agency to publish and or sell a complete list of non-voters by name to any person or organization is highly questionable if not illegal.
According to an article on page 4 of The Independent of March 14, 2013 title “School board continues bond discussions” the strategy of the School District and the Chewelah Citizens for Kids Committee is to “target” the 1400 non-voters whose names were placed on a list by the Stevens County Auditors Office and obtained by the School Committee. These non-voters are registered voters who chose not to vote on the bond issue for their own reasons. These “non-voters” should not be subjected to having to explain to any person, committee, or school official why they did not vote. Any voter contacted by phone, letter, etc. could seriously consider legal action against the person or organization doing the calling.
Frank O. Long