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Gladstone gets ready for election

October 9, 2012
By Ilsa Matthes - staff writer ( , Daily Press

GLADSTONE - The Gladstone City Commission took steps to prepare for the Nov. 6 election at its regular meeting on Monday night.

"This year, with the passage of more than 100 election law changes, the state has now made it a requirement to use a receiving board for all elections," said Kim Berry, city clerk.

Receiving boards are responsible for ensuring that all ballot containers delivered to clerks after the polls close are properly sealed, the seal numbers are properly recorded, and the number of names entered in the Poll Book balances with the number of ballots counted in the precinct.

The boards are composed of two or more election inspectors appointed by the board of election commissioners and an equal number from each of the major political parties.

In the past, receiving boards were optional. However, as of Aug. 15, the boards are required in all townships, cities and villages, and the appointments are now made by the election commission instead of the municipality's legislative body.

"We did use the receiving board for the first time in the primaries," said Berry. "I knew this was coming as a requirement for the general election in November, so we used the primaries as kind of a trial run to see how it would go."



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