Tellers are responsible for counting standing votes (as opposed to secret ballots) and collecting secret ballots. If you can walk around and count, you have the skills necessary to be a teller. Tellers work in pairs; training will be provided before the meeting.
Ballot counters are responsible for counting the marks in the yes and no boxes for a secret ballot. Counters sit in chairs most of the time during the count. The last secret ballot happened in 2013, but counters are needed at every Town Meeting so that we are ready for another. If there is a secret ballot, the ballot supervisors will train the counters at that time and guide them throughout the process.
The other qualifications for either position are a willingness to commit to remain to the end of that day's session and a commitment to fair and transparent democracy.
If you are interested in being either a teller or ballot counter for the Concord Special Town Meeting, or would like more information to help you
decide, please respond toTMVolunteers@porchwithhouse.com