Efforts Continue As Vote Nears

The heated discussion on the Madison Metropolitan School District's referendum began early this morning.

"It's like the dog that comes out and grabs the pantleg of the mail carrier, and won't let go, that's what the callers on this, you know, they're like that," according to Mitch Henck, host of the popular local talk radio program, "Outside the Box."

"I was gonna go at least an hour and a half, and then it just got outta control, there was no way I could change the topic, how could I possibly, and what are we gonna do now, talk about "best places to find a spouse?" No, it wasn't gonna work," he continues.
And, as the hours tick down until Tuesday's scheduled vote, many remain hard at work Monday.

Dorothy Borchardt says she skipped a lunch gathering so she can continue to coordinate the efforts of "Get Real–Vote No For Change" via phone and electronic mail.

She said, "The bottom line is can we get people out to vote, because the school board is counting on them not voting."

Meanwhile, Arlene Silveira, of Madison C.A.R.E.S., says the group, which supports the referenda, has completed its primary push, and will count on the community.

She said, "There's a lot of energy, there's a lot of enthusiasm out there, and I think—if people get out and go to the polls like they said they're going to, then we'll come up with a 'yes, yes, yes.'"

But first, the efforts of Madison's Deputy Clerk, Sharon Christensen, must pay off, as school district employees scramble to distribute an estimated 80–thousand ballots to 73 polling places.

Christensen says, "I don't ever remember that we've had incorrect ballots out there and had to print at the last hour 59 and try to get things in place for tomorrow's election."

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