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Southold Dems Seek New Line on November Ballot

Southold Town Democrats are currently petitioning voters to add a "Save Medicare" line to the local ballot.

Southold Democrats are urging voters to have "Save Medicare" added as a ballot line in the upcoming November elections.

Art Tillman, chairman of the Southold Democrats, said these national issues affect local seniors and he said his party thinks Southold can send a message to the national politicians. He said many of the nation's current fiscal problems can be traced to Wall Street and big bank "shenanigans," and the Republicans are trying to cut social programs instead of looking at the institutions that caused the problems in the first place.

Democrats are currently petitioning local voters to add the line. They have until Aug. 23 to get 450 signatures and Tillman said they will have all the necessary signatures by then.

"We're close and we're quite sure we can do it and get more signatures than required," Tillman said.

Southold Town Republican Chairman Denis Noncarrow said Republicans are not opposed to saving these programs, but he is also not sure whether adding a line on a local ballot will actually help save Medicare.

"We also want to save Medicare and Social Security, but we think they need to be reworked so they won't go into bankruptcy," Noncarrow said.

Noncarrow was not sure how the additional ballot line in a local election will impact national politics. He said the people who can influence national policy are Congressman Tim Bishop and Senator Charles Schumer, but he said this tactic by the local Democrats may not work.

"Scaring seniors into thinking Republicans are against Medicare is a false way of trying to get people to vote," he said. "It's just not true."

Since becoming the chairman, Tillman said he looked at why the local party had not done well in recent elections and he said it was time to change the party's approach.

"Our Democratic party was too Republican-like. We need to stand on Democratic principles," Tillman said.

The addition of the "Save Medicare" line on the ballot is one such change. Tillman said discussions on national policy does have a place in Southold.

"We will be speaking loudly about national issues in this election," Tillman said.

Victoria Germaise August 19, 2011 at 12:03 PM
I'm with you, Art!
Mark Kreider August 19, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Good idea... it certainly can't hurt to try!
pir2 August 19, 2011 at 02:05 PM
While we are at it how about another Line " Anybody but Obama " or maybe " Jobs, Jobs, Make A Change".
Victoria Germaise August 19, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Anybody but the nutcase, religious zealots, who profess to want less government control --- and yet want to control who we sleep with and marry.
pir2 August 19, 2011 at 05:52 PM
I agree that religious zealots or any fanatic are threats to our freedoms and our way of life. Insecure people are often the ones who join fanatical groups or demonstrate their own weakness by joining without thinking about the ramifications of their actions.
James Dinizio Jr August 20, 2011 at 11:51 AM
I understand the reasoning for wanting to secure as many lines on the ballot as posable After all if people don't care enough to actually hold the person to the platform represented by that line then why should the person who accepts the votes obtained from being on that line. It's a sad commentary on our political system. I'd like to hear more about local issues how about Mr Edwards plan to desolve the tax receivers office?

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