EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 14, 2014

Letter: Keep your right to vote on school issues

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

Taxpayers of Newton and Kingston should be aware Warrant Article 7 will rescind Senate Bill 2 and takes away your right to vote.

Let me start off by telling voters what SB2 is all about. SB2 allows each of us to vote in private, like voting for the president, in a booth while voting for town and school warrants, as well as for School Board members, selectman and others.

Please do not allow a few to take this voting right away.

This change would disenfranchise many voters, disabled, elderly and anyone who is unable to attend the school deliberative session. Think of it: There are 3,020 voters in Newton, and at least that amount in Kingston. What if half showed up for the meeting? We do not have available space to allow all to attend. So why not allow them to vote at the polls? This is just another way of saying voters do not know what they are voting for. I disagree. I think voters in both towns are right up on the school issues.

Please vote no on Warrant Article 7. Keep your right to vote on school issues. Let’s not go back when a few voters decided the outcome of school warrants.

The vote by the School Board to support rescinding SB2 was 5 for, 1 against. Please contact them and ask why they voted the way they did and why they want to take away your right to vote on school warrants.

Jack Kozec