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I would like to respond to a long list of complaints (Monitor, Feb. 17) by one of the sponsors of two petitions that were rejected by the county council.
The petitions were appropriately rejected because they did not conform with a well-known principle of law governing the way questions are to be presented to voters on a ballot – i.e., no “logrolling:” Each question presented must be a single issue.
The petitioners have the responsibility to get the questions right before they start collecting signatures. The county has no responsibility to review the questions except as to “sufficiency,” the sufficient number of signatures.
The petition wording and circulation is strictly citizen-driven and it is intended to be that way. The council does not have the authority to guess what the petitioners meant to ask and rewrite the questions after the fact, nor can I believe any petitioners worth their salt would want the council to rewrite their questions, and you can be sure that not all those who signed the petitions would agree with the rewrite.
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