|Joan Rosentahl, Chair of the Elections Comm'n|
exemplifies the best in Northampton County,
even when she votes against me.
Voting Registrar Dee Rumsey told the Elections Board that her office is already short-staffed, but that she was directed to find something to cut. Eliminating the private hauler was the only solution she could find.
Voting machine operator David Zawick stated, "Anything's possible." Noting that each voting machine weighs 265 pounds, he explained that they are on rollers and can be moved fairly easily, although they are "delicate machines." He added that Frick Transfer, which has done this transfer for over three decades, has "done a marvelous job."
Zawick explained that six County workers in the maintenance or custodial departments will be pulled from those jobs for three days to deliver the machines, and another three days to get them back. Each of the County's 149 polling districts has at least two machines.
Elections Commissioner George Treisner, who grew increasingly irascible as the meeting progressed, kept calling for the vote. He stated several times that he knew this plan would be endorsed, although it appeared that the other members of the Commission were carefully considering the pros and cons. Treisner later stated that he suffer from diabetes and needs to eat periodically or he gets cranky.
Mary Diggs, for instance, really wanted to know what the elections office staff thought about the proposal. That is something they were unwilling to do. As a result, Diggs supported the switch, joined by fellow Republicans Joshua Weinstein and Joan Rosenthal.
Treisner later stated that he suffer from diabetes and needs to eat periodically or he gets cranky.
I eat all the time and I'm still a miserable bastard.