PLEASE JOIN ME IN VOTING “NO” ON QUESTION 1!
IN A NUTSHELL ….
A “Referendum” is when citizens want the voters to decide an issue—not just 13 City Councilors. Sometimes citizens don’t agree with a Council vote. Therefore, they have the right to recall the vote with a ‘Citizens Referendum’. This is done by gathering signatures. A perfect example of this is the library vote…Councilors voted Yes. Citizens who opposed the library gathered the required signatures on a petition. In turn, the library question ended up on the ballot, allowing the voters to decide.
The Greenfield City Council is now trying to make it harder for citizens to challenge them by requiring more signatures.
If you vote YES on Question 1, you are voting to INCREASE the number of signatures required for a citizens referendum. Making it HARDER for voters to challenge/recall a Council vote.
If you vote NO, the present requirement for signatures stays the same, keeping the referendum fair & accessible.
First, key things to know…
“Registered voters”: Total number of people REGISTERED to vote. Whether or not they show up to the polls to actually vote is irrelevant.
“Voters who voted”: These are registered voters who actually show up at the polls to vote. This number is derived from the prior city election.
As it presently stands, the number of signatures needed are 10% of “voters who voted”. Therefore, the number of signatures needed for a referendum will vary depending on the turnout of the prior elected. (Back in 2019, 316 signatures were needed)
The proposed change is 7% of “registered voters”. Therefore, about 900 signatures would be needed for a referendum (almost 3 times more than 2019)
Though 7% seems to imply citizens would need less signatures than the present 10%. They key words are “registered voters” vs. “voters voting”.
If anyone has any questions, please reach out to me.