2011 Cape Vincent Absentee returns already very high.

According to a  Cape Vincent citizen, who is watching the election, the absentee voting return is very high. 493 Absentee ballots were sent out for the three Cape Vincent districts and already 373 have been returned.

In an apparent attempt to suppress the absentee vote, Cape Vincent Democrat Chairman Harold Wiley and Citizens for Fair Government Chairman Gary King sent out letters to out-of-town assessors telling them that certain people who owned property in their districts had chosen to register to vote at their Cape Vincent residence. Many of those assessors did pass on the message that they had received what some have described as "whistle blowing letters" about the Wiley-King targeted voters. But most assessors were nearly being informative.
Concerned Citizen for Fair Government
recently seen pushing sputtering Cape
political machine toward
Cape Recreation Park
Locals who were made aware of the Wiley-King letters wondered why they didn't contact our local assessor. He is the only one that really matters when determining who gets a STAR in Cape Vincent. Who cares about the Town of Podunk and Plowed Ground? Why would that be Wiley-King's concern?

So, It appears that Wiley and King were hoping that they could scare some absentee voters out of filling out their absent ballots or showing up at Rec Park by making them think they might lose their STAR exemption if they voted in Cape Vincent.  But, if they are already registered to vote here, they have a right to vote here regardless of their STAR exemption status. In fact, if the out of town assessor does deny them STAR status, they still can vote here and  have until early next spring to rectify the situation by re-registering to vote at their other home, if that is their desire.

I have talked to several Cape Vincent voters who did get letters from the assessors of other places where they own property. And frankly, all the Wiley-King letter did was piss them off and make them more determined to vote in Cape Vincent. In fact, I was told more registrations actually came in after, and as a result of, the Wiley-King letters.

In one case, an absentee voter told me that he and his wife didn't give a rat's ass if they did lose their STAR. They were so angry about certain Cape Vincent public officials having financial conflicts of interest that they were going to vote in Cape Vincent no matter what. Their love of Cape Vincent and their hatred of the threat of wind turbine impacts on their favorite home of choice was much stronger than the few bucks they might save on the STAR school tax exemption.

But, in summary, the Wiley-King letters are having little impact on the election and were just one more backfire in the sputtering Voter for Wind driven, conflict of interest, Conservative political engine.

In conclusion, If you know of any Cape Vincent friends or family voting absentee, give them a call or send them an email reminder to fill them out and send them. 


  1. Anonymous11/04/2011

    Just a last ditch effort that also did not work! Desperate deeds by desperate people.

  2. Anonymous11/04/2011

    As a year rounder, but still outsider, I thank each and every one who has picked up the pen and voted their absentees. You deserve our undying gratitude. I can't wait for all the seasonals to come back to our beloved Cape.

    With Christmas approaching I quote Tiny Tim "Merry Christmas and God Bless us one and all".

  3. Thank You absentees, and also locals that are voting the "right" way.

    Thank You Rick and Pandora.

  4. Anonymous11/04/2011


  5. Anonymous11/04/2011

    My guess is 75% Republican straight Row B on the absentee.
    After discussions at work and other places, Dems are not happy with their party being trashed in favor of the conservatives.
    It will be a long uphill battle for anyone associated with that lot.

  6. Anonymous11/04/2011

    I am voting for the Republicans this year.

    But I hope we have a new crop of leaders step forward in the Democratic Party, because there are a lot of good people in the party that have been disenfranchised by Wiley, White and the Masons scheme to suppress candidates they don’t endorse.

    The Democrat’s need to move to a primary instead of a caucus, so real candidates have a chance of being elected.

    We have good Republican and good Democrat’s in this town and I look forward to the day they can run for office without being controlled by Wiley, White, Edsal, Reinbeck and the Masons.

    It is truly time for a change in Cape Vincent and right now the only change that makes sense is electing the Republican candidates.

    Hopefully two years from now we will have new leaders in the Democratic party so we never have to deal with bad ethics and corruption again.

  7. Anonymous11/04/2011

    Anon above that is why we wish Brennan would take a sand against them. We need a strong dem leader to come forth. I was hoping she would be it. She won't.
    Vote Republican this year then see how serious she is.

  8. Anonymous11/04/2011

    I also wish Liz would have had the fortitude to step forward and take a stand against the poor values and cronyism that has taken place in the Democratic Party.

    She could have won this election and probably would have made a good leader.

    Unfortunately, her refusal to do so is probably a very good read on her true feelings on the subject.

    Her stance not only ensures her loss in the upcoming election, it undoubtedly will mean she is never elected to public office in Cape Vincent.

    It all boils down to timing. She had a great opportunity to distance herself from the field by stating her ethical beliefs mandated she disapprove of the way Wiley and White have tried to manipulate the political process in Cape Vincent.

    She missed the opportunity which is a colossal political blunder.

    One must ask themselves if she missed the opportunity because she is not politically savvy, or if she missed the opportunity because she believes the way Wiley and White have conducted themselves is appropriate.

    Either way if she runs again, she will be challenged by her future opponents due to her current unwillingness to take an ethical stance against conflicts, cronyism and corruption.

    Bottom line she is now unelectable in Cape Vincent.

    Hopefully someone from the Democratic party will step forward, take a leadership position and resurrect the Democratic party in Cape Vincent.

    Liz missed her opportunity to prove she is truly her own boss.

    Her actions speak louder than words of support from her friends.

  9. Anonymous11/05/2011

    Anon 10:32


    The key for Democrats to participate in this town is to throw off good-ole-boyism and open the process to everyone. I would hope this election would serve as an example that any party who wants to be part of the process has to serve everyone - seasonals included. It remains to be seen whether there are enough Democrats who agree and who are willing to demand change. Danny Hubbard and Liz Brennan deserved better treatment by their own party and seasonal residents deserve better treatment than denying them the right to vote.

  10. Anonymous11/05/2011

    I'm a local resident, but would gladly give up my STAR exemption for life if it would keep my neighbor's proposed turbines out of my front yard.
    I'm sure most other non-participants who stand to be negatively impacted would too.