While somewhat off topic, I'm wondering why, in this age of the internet we need to have these questionnaires only be available to those able to attend a meeting in person. Why can't they be made available on the DNR's website? You enter your DNR customer number and you answer the questions.
[/align]Dan says: "Nope, and a very good idea."
[/font][/font]"[size=100][font="times new roman"]this is exactly what the WBH does not want ... a full representation of interest (or non-interest) of the crossbow subject. By polling the entire population, the WBH would lose credibility in saying for years they were right (about the public not wanting crossbows), when the totality of final numbers may prove them wrong. [/font][/size][font=arial]"
[/align][font=arial][font=arial]This has been discussed (if you have been paying attention) Lets say Patsy Randolph of PETA (and formerly on the Conservation Congress) as well as other anti hunting orgs such as HSUS, etc have the ability to mobilize great numbers of young and tech savvy college kids. Since anybody can get a DNR customer number for free simply by calling the DNR (even out of staters), it would be quite easy for a group seeking to harm or ban hunting, fishing and trapping to recruit on campus getting folks to get a DNR customer number and then vote against you and I.[/font][/font]
[/align][font=arial]Typical WCC spring hearing attendance is around 5,000. It could be 20,000 or more in a single year if online voting were to be attempted and sportsmen would regret it forever. Also, since elections for WCC seats come from the floor and include a short speech and introduction, would that portion of the spring hearing not be done online? A large portion of the hearings is to allow citizens to present a resolutions in their county (that is where the questions come from for the next years hearings), would that portion of the spring hearing not be done online? The logistics of this have been kicked around already. Every time, its clear that hunters will lose bigtime.[/font]
[/align][font=arial]Lastly, no official WI municipality, county, state wide or national election is conducted via internet voting. The reasons are obvious as are the reasons why what Dan and Mark applaud is actually a very bad idea. Take the time to think things through guys and while your at it think these things through while your head is not clouded with hatred. You will get better results.[/font]