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Ames Daily Tribune (Newspaper) - January 6, 1969, Ames, Iowa Cloud Over legislative amendments by Harrison Weber Des Moines idea a the argument of paper ballots versus voting machines on constitutional amendments May Lead to the legislature requiring More than a simple majority for an amendment to be approved. When special questions Are voted on voting machines there Are substantially fewer votes cast on the question than when paper ballots Are used. This Point was brought Home very dramatically to opponents of some of the five amendments approved in the november election. Larger majority to compensate for this difference there is legislative talk of requiring either two thirds approval of All votes cast on an Issue or a majority of the total votes cast in the election such As the presidential vote. George b. Mather of the Institute of Public affairs at the state University of Iowa has made an exhaustive study of the effects of the use of voting machines on total Voles cast in Iowa from 1920 through 1960. On the basis of this study Mather said he can predict with a Good Deal of Confidence that in areas where paper ballots Are used for voting on special questions proportionately More votes will be cast than in areas where the voting machine is used. The difference he continued May be 20 percentage Points if the Issue has aroused a Good Deal of Public interest or controversy or 50 percentage Points or More if the Issue is minor and noncontroversial. The november election supports Mather a thesis. In Cerro Gordo county for example where voting machines Are used 11,083 voters who cast their ballots for president did not vote on the proposed amendment calling for annual legislative sessions. Those who did not vote on the amendment exceeded the number who did. Only 9,227 voted on the amendment this includes those voting both for and against the amendment. More did no to vote Clayton county considered a Rural county uses voting machines. Again More Clayton county voters did not vote on the question of annual sessions than voted on the amendment. The Clayton county vote canvass shows 10,721 voted either for or against the amendment while 11,454 did not vote on this particular amendment which probably was the most controversial of the five. The same pattern can be seen in other voting machine counties. In Crawford county 4,032 people did not vote on the question of annual sessions while the combined vote either yes or no was 3,712 in Jackson county 4,762 did not vote on the question 3,797 did in Wapello 9,940 did not vote 8,707 did and in Shelby 3,428 did not vote while 3,198 did. The total vote cast for president in Iowa was 1,167,931. Only 764,849 voted on the question of annual sessions 394,258 for and 366,591 against the legislature meeting every year. Mather in his study has established the fact that in voting on every one of 12 special state issues Over a 40-year period 1920-1960 in Iowa there was a substantial difference Between the counties that used the voting machine ballot and those that used paper ballots. More voted in Emmet county for example which has paper ballots. Only 405 voters who voted for president in november did no to vote on the question of annual sessions. Total votes cast for or against annual sessions 5,442, those voting for president 5,847. In Louisa county Only 9 3 people who voted for president did no to vote on the constitutional amendment question and in Osceola county the difference Between those who voted for president and on the question of annual sessions was 934. Both Louisa and Osceola Are paper ballot counties. Even in the largest county Polk there were 40,324 voters who cast their ballots for president who did no to vote one Way or the other on the constitutional amendment question. Polk a voting machine county had a total of 114,784 votes cast for president. Although All five amendments to the states Constitution carried there appears to be a Cloud Over the amendments. There is an ambiguity in the Law which May Force a court Case. One Section of the state code indicates that proposed amendments to Iowa a Constitution a a May be placed on voting machines while another Section states that constitutional amendments a a shall be on separate ballots. This has raised a question As to whether separate ballots mean paper ballots. Paper ballots required a 1962 attorney general a opinion has been uncovered which held that paper ballots had to be used in the judicial Reform amendment to the states Constitution. This opinion written by assistant attorney general Oscar Strauss noted the ambiguity in the Law and reasoned that in using the word a a May the 1959 legislature a conferred authority for such use and not Mather in 1964, concluded that the method of voting in proposed constitutional amendments a a must be uniform throughout the state. More than 40 counties use voting machines and Mather said the superiority of voting machines Over paper ballots a is however he added research is needed on the proper design of voting machines particularly in the format of the ballot and the location of the places for voting special questions. Until the time that All counties use modern voting machines Mather continued Iowa Law should require that a when questions Are submitted to a jurisdiction that uses different methods of voting the question should be submitted on separate paper Ames daily Tribune i Mitt. Hill it Iii mint i Mhz Jimmu it lilt Mem 11 my till tilt it Iii Tomt lilt til it 11 or cent of total vote for president manual session lome Rule reapportionment tem veto compensation legislators percent amendment carried 66.0 51.8 64.4 g5.4 63.7 53.8 64.1 56.5 64.2 52.5 Tribune Mes High game. Page la fashions for Spring. A Page 6 Ioney problem predicted to be greatest concern of new legislature. A Page 7 i Rhan faces trial realistically. A Page 7 editorial Page 4 women a news Page 6 sports pages to and la comics Page 5. Volume 102�?no. 158 Ames Iowa monday january 6, 1969 ten cents Norris answers questions Road conditions on grand jury report Slippery in Iowa breaking a self imposed silence after to Days the Foreman of the 1968 Story county grand jury today commented in that groups report of a moral pollution on the Iowa state University Campus. David a. Norris 516 grand ave., grand jury Foreman who filed the original report said today a at the time the jury report became Public i made a statement that i would not be available for questioning by the press until the 15th of january. Due to the request from the Iowa state daily i have moved the Date to 1-6-69 Norris told the Tribune today however he would accept written questions from news Media until Jan. 15. The seven member grand jury in its report filed dec. 27, said it was concerned about the influence of a a Radical forces at Iowa state and recommended the state Board of regents adopt policies which would curb the activities of these persons and groups. In a prepared statement Norris said today he wanted Quot to stress that i am responding to these questions As an individual citizen not a jury the appointment of the members of the grand jury expired at the end of the Calendar year and a new grand jury has been nominated. The text of Norris statement a. What stimulated the grand jury investigation a. 1116 re were two other county grand juries in Iowa that i know of who made Sim Ilar but less extensive investigations. The jury a reasons Are mentioned on Page i of the report but briefly Public alarm Over reports of student radicals and other activists using Campus Media to Pulpi Teer sensationalize and otherwise promote drug use draft evasion defamation of our country and our leaders. Q. How was the news coverage of your report a. Excellent at first. Later comments by a couple papers indicate there Are some inaccuracies floating around but they have done a Good Job. I have not tried to Correct these inaccuracies. I would appreciate it however if you would publish my observation at this time on one inaccuracy. One Story said the jury report suggested that censorship was the solution. This just is not True. The jury report recommended a definitive policy at the regents level which would prohibit use of the Public institution Media to promote use of drugs draft evasion premarital sex Etc. The report pointed out that with such a policy the University executive would be strengthened. In effect he would not have to depend upon the hopeless method of censorship but simply hire teachers who agree with the definitive policy and turn them Loose. Let me illustrate this important Point with relation to the operation of a Large business. It could apply to a newspaper for instance. Even though the newspapers have a duty to give Cut the news most newspapers have moral scruples some news is too filthy to print. Iowa state daily critics might not agree but i have found this to be True to some extent with the Iowa state daily. I assume most newspaper executives do not go around and try to censor their employees but that they hire people who agree with company policy and then turn them Loose. Q. What further action will the jury take a. None it investigates and make its report Public. If anything is done beyond this it will have to be done by your readers the Public. Q. What is your opinion of the average University student a. My opinion of the average student is the same As it is of the average professor they Are great q. What is your opinion of criticisms of the fact that the jury report was readily available almost immediately after the report was made Public by the clerk of the court a. I think it is a legitimate criticism. There Are Many factors in this Case however which obviously in the jury a opinion dictated that it be readily available. Perhaps some of the monday morning jury foremen would have had a different opinion if they had worked with the jury. Q. Are republicans and democrats responding in the same Way to the grand jury a. In general they Are. Moral pollution is not a partisan Issue. Some people disagree. A third of the people i would guess have very Little interest. I believe most of the people in both parties Are concerned and want moral pollution by teachers and paid speakers stopped the democratic party having been in Power has suffered More than the republicans from the Radical aggressiveness q. What is your definition of a Radical a. The jury defined radicals for purposes of their study on pages 10-13. The definition would vary with people. I am sure there Are some who consider themselves radicals who do not fit the definition of the jury and thus would not come within the scope of the jury a recommendation. Q. What is your evaluation of the members of the 1968 jury a we Are average citizens politically ranging from Strong Democrat to Strong Republican. Most of them i would guess Are in Between. They have a Burden for the Young people who mess up their lives with dope criminal records pre marital sex due to an increased impetus coming from a Public sch x l. They like most citizens i believe Are concerned about their country and the detrimental effects of moral breakdown. In Short i think you could say they Are concerned about the Cost of education in the humanities in relation to the end product. By United press International iowans experienced a variety of weather conditions sunday and Early today which resulted in one consequence a hazardous driving conditions. Travellers warnings were in effect in the state Sunda it night and continued in most sections Carly today despite a wide variety of temperatures and weather conditions in the state sunday Cooling temperatures sunday night glazed most of the state s roads. C conditions vary in warmer areas where it rained sunday sub freezing temperatures during the night placed a Sheet of ice on the roads in areas where temperatures were near freezing during the Day freezing rain and Snow impeded travel. The conditions made driving hazardous and nearly impossible in most sections of the state numerous reports of one Lane interstate driving and traffic slowed by accidents were received by the Highway patrol. An Iowa Highway patrol spokesman said sunday night that the roads a fall Over the state were nearly impassable he said the entire state was overcast at that time and blowing Snow in the Western counties had Cut visibility to Zero. He said the interstate system was a Slushy to too per cent Snow packed during the evening the spokesman said a report was received of 20 cars backed up behind an Accident near Granger. He added that similar Chain reaction accidents were reported throughout the state during the evening. Ars ditched in areas where cars could keep mov ing he said traffic was hampered by the cars that had Slid into the ditches along the highways he said in a five hour period he received a about 30 Accident reports and in be had twice that number of cars reported in the in Des Moines a police Dis Patcher said a i could t begin to Tell you How Many accidents we be had a however he said a Only five or six had been personal injury accidents and the rest were property damage crashes he said most Des Moines streets were hazardous Early in the evening but sanding Crews reopened the streets later As the temperature moved above freezing 33 degrees a at mid night. The storm also harassed students in midwestern colleges attempting to return to classes today. Several Drake University students said the trip from suburban Chicago to Des Moines took about in hours they said car travel in Eastern Iowa on interstate to was about 30 Miles an hour flights cancelled a Des Moines municipal Airport employee said United air lines had cancelled a fall flights into Des Moines because of the iced runways he said a a lot of flights had been cancelled a the spokesman said the Airport had not been closed be cause of the ice on the runways. Appointment of Lodge May delay talks further Hayakawa fights students to reopen classrooms by George Sibera Paris up a North Vietnam today warned president elect Richard m. Nixon the nomination of a new . Delegation chief will not change the issues in the Vietnam negotiations. Nguyen Thanh be the North Vietnam delegation spokesman flatly dismissed the appointment of Henry Cabot Lodge to succeed w. Averell Harriman As a an internal . a we have said repeatedly that if the United states sincerely wants to solve the Vietnam problem it must Stop its aggression a be told a news conference a thirty four million vietnamese will fight until total refused comment asked to outline the position of Hanoi and its Viet Cong ally following the nomination of Lodge be refused to comment on lodges personal positions. The widespread belief in Paris was that unlike Harriman who has often been in conflict with the South vietnamese delegation Lodge will be on friendlier terms with them. Lodge served twice As Ambas Sador to Saigon and is considered a personal Friend of Many South vietnamese leaders including vice president Nguyen Cao by the outspoken delegation coordinator. Be rejected the latest Allied procedural offers aimed at breaking the two month impasse Over the opening of the broadened vietnamese peace talks. He served notice that the National liberation front Elf the political Branch of the Viet Cong must be admitted As an equal partner Over Saigon a firm objections. Accused Saigon aiming his fire at Saigon in the Hope of widening differences Between Washington and South Vietnam be repeatedly blamed South vietnamese a a puppet leaders for trying to torpedo the talks. Quot they Hope to prolong their lives a he said. Be said Hanoi and the Viet Cong maintained their latest offer to Convene the conference around a solid round table without any distinctive flags or name plates. He urged the . Government to provide an Early reply to their package adding a was of today two months after the conference was due to meet a we still Are waiting for an american answer be condemned a reported Saigon peace plan proposing to hold three tiered talks on the conflict As a a new attempt designed to torpedo the Paris under the plan confirmed by reliable South Vietnam diplomatic quarters Saigon would like military talks to be held in Paris political talks with the Viet Cong to be staged in Saigon plus two Way talks Between Saigon and Hanoi on their future relations held either in Hanoi or on a ship anchored off the demilitarized zone. Diplomats close to the talks Felt the Lodge appointment could further delay Progress toward a full fledged peace conference. By Donald b. Thackrey san Francisco up a san Francisco state College reopened today with militant students and Union teachers joining in picket lines at entrances to the Chilly windswept Campus. The teachers went on strike in the Wake of a pledge by gov. Ronald Reagan sunday to keep the 18,000-student Campus open a at the Point of a Bayonet if Reagan endorsed efforts by acting president s. I. Hayakawa to restore order. The american federation of teachers representing 350 of the 1,150 faculty members unanimously voted to strike at a mass meeting sunday night. The group also includes teaching assistants and graduate assistants. The picket lines were established at All six entrances to the Campus As police patrolled the Campus area the faculty members carried signs identifying their local Union and distributed printed leaflets calling for support of the walkout the student pickets carried handmade signs saying a no racism or no within minutes after classes reopened the pickets numbered More than too at the 19th ave. And Holloway St. Entrance Many chanted obscenities and shouted a a fascist and a a racist at students crossing the picket line. Local 1352 of the aft had demanded educational reforms removal of police from the Campus a written contract and agreement on some demands by striking student groups members of the Black students Union and the third world liberation front called the strike nov. 6 to support 15 demands including establishment of a Black studies program acceptance of All negro applicants and reinstatement of Black Panther George Murray a suspended English instructor. A Lebanon prepares forces just in Case by by Scott b. Bruns United press International the lebanese High command today ordered the strengthening of Lebanon a military defences along the Border with Israel while the lebanese government began study of a compulsory military service Bill that could bring 100,000 new men into the army this year. The two moves followed increasing tension and a series of clashes along the Border Between Lebanon and Israel following the israeli attack on the Beirut International Airport. Lebanon has accused Israel of frequent violations of the Border area by sending in fighter born hers. Lebanon reported its representatives held a recent Border meeting with israeli representatives but called it a a technical meeting which had nothing to do with efforts to lower tensions along the Frontier. Israeli government sources in Jerusalem also reported such a meeting. Israel and Lebanon did not fight during the 1967 june War but there have been a series of Border skirmishes and artillery duels. The Border has been quiet for three Days but israeli sources expressed fear Arab guerrillas might be preparing a new onslaught from the heavily wooded Border area that is honeycombed with caves. The army said it had ordered new shelters along the Border to defend lebanese forces against israeli air attacks and said a Maze of trenches would be dug and fortified villagers will be trained in tile use of arms the army said. The military conscription Bill resulted in part from unrest among students in Lebanon. At least 15,000 have gone on strike to dramatize demands for a tougher line against Israel. The new Bill would make possible the callup of 70,000 to 100,000 draftees the first year. Youths reaching 18 would be eligible for 12 months service. Egypt meanwhile joined Jordan in seeking help from the United states the soviet Union and other major Powers in bringing peace to the Middle East. But at the same time diplomatic sources reported Russia despite a reported peace offensive was not prepared to impose an arms embargo on the Middle East. In Cairo informed sources said president Gamal Abdel Nasser a government sent its request for Aid through Gunnar jarring the United nations peace envoy in the Middle East. A Iii i ii ii. La in .unum.,.ii Humm Bill., ii ii t weather noon 23 High 37, 9 . Low 20, 6 . Barometer 30.03, rising precipitation .23 inches Snow 3 inches collapsed awning Max Berck left looks Over the mess left when the awning and sign Over Berckes clothing collapsed sunday at 7 . Ice and wet Snow had piled up on the awning behind the stores sign. At least three bolts holding the sign snapped under the weight. At right is William Bergland of Ames window Shade co., who removed the awning monday morning. Tribune photo by Jerry Dickinson the student strike caused disruptions on Campus until late november when president Robert Smith closed the school and resigned. Hayakawa was named acting president with orders to reopen the school. A the Battle is Between the forces of anarchy and the citadels of reason Hayakawa said. Legion of Merit to Bishop again James Pat Bishop Ames City attorney be presented his second army legion of Merit award in ceremonies before the Cadet brigade in the i a state University armory wednesday at i . The award a Leaf Cluster to be worn on his first legion of Merit medal will be presented by his son capt. G. M. Joe Bishop a graduate of the . Military Academy West Point Jast returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam. The award is being presented for service by Bishop a retired colonel As professor of military science at the University of Nebraska he taught at Nebraska before accepting the position As City attorney Here last year. Call Story Roland teams norsemen7 the Board of education for the Roland Story Community school District continues to Wade through details necessary to have the new District ready for operation july i the Date it officially comes into existence. At their meeting last week the Board toured the Story City school buildings w hich will serve As the District s High school Grade classes will also be held in both Story City and Roland Junior High classes will be held at Roland the Board plans to tour the Roland building later at their j an. 20 meeting will consider recommendations from the four principals and school superintendent Perry Uhl on the curriculum for the 1969-70 year and discuss the school Calendar for that period. The colors of red and Black common to both schools have been retained As the school colors and the athletic teams will be named the a norsemen a Uhl reported to the Board earlier in december the application to join the heart of Iowa conference had been accepted effective june 1970 the teams will play in the West Central conference during the 1969-70 school sear Story City presently is a member of that conference Roland does not lie Ong to a conference

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