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Other restrictions on office holders are already in place
Sep 20, 2011 | 45 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To the editor:

Citizens for Voters Choice does not want you deciding the terms of elected officials. The claim Prop 1 would take away your right as voter to elect who you want. That is a complete misrepresentation, as you, the voter, would be setting conditions for elected officials, not some group with a nifty name and yet undisclosed donors. Proposition 1 provides you the ability to limit how long any individual can continue to be in office without having to step away for a while.

Borough voters determine how many elected officials comprise the assembly and school board. Voters determined the length of an individual term. Voters determined our elected officials fill seats at large and seats representing designated areas. Voters determine candidate qualifications, such as a candidate having to be a borough resident for one year. And voters limited an elected official to being either on the assembly or school board and restrict a candidate to holding one office. Voters in fact already determine almost everything there is about elected officials except any limits to the number of consecutive terms.

A ballot initiative is a legitimate way for voters to create, alter or otherwise decide what, if any, changes need to be implemented. A voter choosing to limit the number of terms an individual may consecutively serve is within the same series of voter options surrounding conditions on how voters are represented.

Do not be intimidated by those who claim Prop 1 is limiting your voter right to choose. Prop 1 is allowing you the opportunity to change how you wish to be represented. For without any concept of a term in office, an election would be for placing the winner into office forever. Vote yes on Proposition 1.

John A. Parker

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