I believe there is reason to consider modifying our Town Meeting and voting process. Having meetings run for hours, up until 11:00 p.m. and sometimes even midnight, significantly reduces the level of attendance and involvement. With so many important issues potentially set for vote at the Fall Town Meeting, I am wondering if there is a way to restructure our current system to enable more voices to be heard. Is it possible to put some issues to ballot and coordinate that vote with the November election? Should we be taking advantage of technology, allowing folks to watch the debate/discussions on tv and vote virtually?
I believe the biggest mistake any form of government can make is to suppress, even without intention, the voices of its citizens. I think our current process unintentionally precludes many from participating with their voice, which means their vote can’t be heard.
As leaders of the town, you will have better insight into this process as well as possible solutions. I am interested in your thoughts.
254 Main Street