Friday, April 01, 2005

Local Group Protests Trustee Elections

A group of New Hampshire conservatives and libertarians protested in front of Baker Library this morning, demanding the right to participate in Dartmouth's Trustee election in what one organizer called "election fun."

New Hampshire voters protest Dartmouth's trustee election

Nathaniel Ward

New Hampshire libertarians demand the right to vote in the Dartmouth Trustee election Friday.

Per an 1891 agreement with the College, Dartmouth's roughly 60,000 alumni select one-half of the Board of Trustees.

Ed Naile, president of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers and a Republican election monitor, said that since Dartmouth students not from New Hampshire are allowed to vote in state and local elections, New Hampshire residents who are not alumni should be allowed to vote in College elections.

"As it stands right now, many out of state students attending Dartmouth vote in Hanover and help choose my U.S. senator, congressman, governor, state senator and state representative," Naile said. As many as 400 invalid votes were cast in Hanover in 2002, he added. He said town officials barred him from challenging voters during the 2004 election.

Activist Michael Lorrey said by email that New Hampshire voters have every right to participate in Dartmouth's governance. "We have endured years of pontificating and sermonizing by holier-than-thou politically correct Dartmouth professors, so we feel like we've earned the requisite credit hours."

New Hampshire libertarians should come to Hanover and demand ballots, Lorrey said.

All present said they would vote for petition candidates Peter Robinson '79 and Todd Zywicki '88.

Update: Lorrey further elaborates his arguments on his blog.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Voter fraud? You ain't seen nothin' yet.

Anonymous said...

Why? Dartmouth students planning something even grander for 2006?

Mike Lorrey said...

To paraphrase NH Assistant Attorney General For Covering Up Voter Fraud, Bud Fitch, "Matriculation is a State of Mind."

Voter fraud is a two way street, and I don't think Dartmouth students want the NH residents to use the 'nuclear option'. It is time for non-resident students to respect the sanctity of local elections.

John said...
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John said...

But New Hampshire residents do have a say in Dartmouth governance, since (1) the Governor of New Hampshire is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees (how come nobody's mentioned this?) -- they don't have to petition or vote, they have an automatic representative. But second, the State of New Hampshire can affect Dartmouth via any number of policies, as can the Town of Hanover. All Hanover and New Hampshire residents are fully entitled to petition their governmen for redress of any grievances in this matter. On the other hand, NH residents who aren't students or alumni would presumably be less interested in questions like class enrollment. So I don't really see a problem here -- if the folks who demonstrated had an issue, their time would be better spent with Hanover or New Hampshire politicians, it seems to me.

Mike Lorrey said...

Considering John Lynch is a direct beneficiary of the voter fraud that occured in the November elections, I don't think he's going to do much for the residents of NH. He and his cronies have been trying to make our vote fraud investigation go away for several months now.

Mike Lorrey said...

Furthermore, that isn't the issue. The issue is that non-resident students can vote in their home states as well as this state if they choose to vote fraudulently, i.e. one man, two votes. This is tantamount to us having our 'ex officio' gubernatorial trustee AND voting in the alumni trustee election: i.e. one man, two votes. I would think this point wouldn't be so obtuse to some Ivy League kids.

Anonymous said...

With all due respect, Michael, if you have proof that students voted in their home state and here in NH, then send your information to the proper authorities and have the students tried for elections fraud. On the other hand, if students voted here and did not vote in their home state, what is your problem?

Anonymous said...

Trouble is, the 'proper authorities' have not acted properly on moutains of evidence. One must depend apparently on public outrage to move them into action? Otherwise, yes you will see this more and more as NH government is overtaken by illegal means.

Anonymous said...

When we are ready, we will be presenting Bud Fitch with cases so solid he cannot refuse to prosecute. In past elections, fraudulent voters have been reported to him and we have him on record advising students to de-register after the election to avoid prosecution. How can laws mean anything when a state assistant attorney general is complicit and collusive in breaking the law?

Anonymous said...

i eat a lot of M&Ms and was hoping someone could tell me how to vote for members of the board at Mars. their website is _very_ bad about making ballots available and i just think its, like, so undemocratic. pleeez help and thx in advance ;)

Anonymous said...

People- This was posted on April Fools' Day!
The D and dartlog have been tricked! It is all a big joke.

(Or if it is not, it should be.)

Mike Lorrey said...

What is so entertaining is that the above dot-communist has no clue that he is now foisting his own flawed logic on its petard. The protest was to parody. I suppose we aimed to high in assuming that any Dartmouth student or grad would get it. Really lowers my impression about the quality of the institution.

NOW, MORE THAN EVER: Dartmouth NEEDS Zywicki and Robinson.

Anonymous said...

Michael, I don't think you aimed too high in assuming Dartmouth kids "would get it", I think you aimed too low in assuming it was a funny or worthwhile message.