Yes on Question 1

Published: 10/18/2021 12:50:08 PM

As I read the various positions taken on this ballot question, I have not seen anyone speak to the negative impact on participatory democracy of using the lower number, the number of Greenfield residents voting in the last election, as we do now, to determine the number of signatures required.

Even now, we could find ourselves in the ridiculous position of having certain factions discouraging voting and voter registration, hoping for lower voter turnout to keep that number low, therefore making it easier to overturn a given city council vote. The incentive here is all wrong.

Let’s look at this differently. How much wiser it would be to base the number of signatures on the more constant number, the number of registered voters, with a goal of getting more of those registered voters voting so that our city councilors more accurately reflect the will of their constituents. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the number of residents voting grew ever closer to the number of registered voters!

Vote to increase participatory democracy. Vote Yes on Question 1.

Lynn Waldron

Greenfield


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