To The Daily Sun,
Laconia voters may have no idea what is involved with the seven Charter Amendments consisting of seven long-running sentences, a selected summarization of each question:
"The first presentation "Option #2 - With AG Changes" consisted of 10 page: Article II, Elections and Election Officers, Sections 2:01 – 2:11, Article IX Board of Education and Article X Police Commission. The word "Question" did not appear nor did the number of Amendments / Questions exists.
Of the seven Ballot Questions/Amendments, not one regarding Article IX or Article X are on the ballot. However, each will be impacted if Question 3 Section 2:06, Question/Amendment 4 Section 2:06 more importantly Amendment 6 pertaining to Section 2:06. which will "requires a minimum number of 35 write-in votes be received to declare any write-in primary candidate as nominated for the municipal election and to declare any write-in regular election candidate as elected for all offices" ALL OFFICES." (EMPHASIS ADDED)
Plagiarism has no place in charter amendments or charter revision without citing the RSA. No New Hampshire law empowers the city, to govern the number of write-in votes and nomination. The city is attempting to invoke a state primary election procedure,
RSA 659:88 Write-in Votes and Nomination, I. (a), A person whose name was not printed on the official state primary election ballot or a political party shall not be entitled to the nomination of that party for any office unless the person received at least 35 write-in votes.
This is not applicable considering the number of voters of a city's ward or mayoral election, in comparison to a statewide election. Moreover, the New Hampshire Legislature has never empowered a provision for a city minimum write-ins. The New Hampshire Constitution Part One Bill of Rights Article 11 Elections and Elective Franchises ''all elections are to be free," "Every inhabitant of the state, having the proper qualifications, has equal right to be elected into office."
As for Question / Amendment 7, Section 2:10 is the inclusion of RSA 669:31, II, which consist of four subsections dealing with recount fees and 669:31, III and IV. Also, no cell phones may be used because they have a camera and the public recount cannot be recorded or photographed.
If you don't know what your truly voting for, vote "No."
Thomas A. Tardif