To The Daily Sun,
Just because the Laconia Mayor, editor/president, owner of the Laconia Daily Sun says it's so, don't make it so. All the Charter Amendments passed by an overwhelming margin. However, did the voters believe it was simple housekeeping to eliminate the non-partisan primary?
How many voters knew, in-depth, that each impacted all elected officials.
ARTICLE II consists of 11 sections. Of the 11, seven amendments were on the municipal ballot. Amendment 1 related to Section 2:03, Amendment 2 related to Section 2:07, Amendments 3 related to Section 2:06, Amendment 4 related to Section 2:06 Amendment 5 related to Section 2:06 Amendment 6 related to Section 2:06 and Amendment 7 related to Section 2:10
Clearly, Amendment 6 "ARTICLE II Section 2:06 to require a minimum number of 35 write-in votes be received to declare any write-in primary candidates as nominated for the municipal election and to declare any write-in regular election candidate as elect for all offices" was the hot topic.
It can never be ascertained that voters we misled by articles printed in The Laconia Daily Sun. As the result of passage of all seven amendments, the Police Commission and School Board are specifically affected:
"All members of the Board of Education shall be nominated and elected in accordance with the Nonpartisan election procedures set forth in Article II of this Charter. (Amended by referendum 11-4-2003, 1,324 yes, 423 no)"
"All members of the Police Commission shall be nominated and elected in accordance With the nonpartisan election procedures set forth in Article II of this Charter. (Amended by referendum 11-4-2003, 1,341 yes, 407 no)"
Even the ward officials are impacted by all of these amendments. All elected official come under Article II and are automatically impacted by the 35 vote minimum.
The amendments were not simple housekeeping. They include a long list of financial implications regarding recounts which disallow taking a picture of a ballot after they become public by the opening of all sealed ballots. The Right-to-Know protects all ballots cast and counted but fails to exempt unidentifiable ballots during a recount. Once members of the recount committee view all the ballots they are a public record.
What happen to wards that ran out of municipal ballots?
Thomas A. Tardif
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