A few weeks ago, Mayor Ballard released a television ad that began with him saying, “We all know…politics really isn’t my thing.” Now, with the Mayor's laughable rhetoric being put to the test, he has a chance to prove it. My message for the Mayor is simple: if you're not a politician, then let Marion County residents vote.
Earlier today, Marion County Clerk Beth White announced that the United Auto Workers Region 3 is providing a donation of $50,000 to pay for satellite voting in Marion County. The plan, developed with bipartisan support from Southport Mayor Rob Thoman (R) and Washington Township Trustee Frank Short (D), would allow for two satellite sites during the 2011 Municipal Election.
Mayor Ballard and his Republican Party have spent a lot of time arguing about the cost of satellite voting centers, but now, thanks to the generosity of the UAW, those arguments are over. I call on Mayor Ballard to put aside his political fears and do the right thing for Marion County voters: accept the donation and instruct the Republican appointee to vote in favor of satellite voting.
The Marion County Election Board is scheduled to vote on the issue Monday, September 12, 10 A.M. at the City-County Building Room 220. Please help us pack the room and show Mayor Ballard’s Republican Party that we want safe, secure, and accessible voting options in 2011.
You can read FOX59’s coverage of today’s story here.