My final story was on the Vote By Mail system the city of Morgantown used. The program was Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s plan to increase voter turn out. Morgantown was a pilot city meaning they were testing it. The program doubled voter turnout from the last election but it also doubled the cost.
I interviewed Councilman Ron Bane about what he thought and he thinks the program needs redone. He said they probably wasted $25,000 on people who didn’t use the ballot. He also said they had as many voters this year that had in 2004 with just the normal form of voting.
I went and talked to Linda Little, the Morgantown City Clerk, about what is being done about the problem and she is working on ways to improve the program.
B-roll was especially hard for this one because I was for sure what to get. I took video of polling places and a ballot. I actually set out to find a mail man in South Park but couldn’t find one. I felt a little creepy running around town with a camera so I gave up.
I got it done. I know it wasn’t the best VOSOT I’ve ever done but I was happy with it.