Voters should have final say

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By Patricia Max

Dear Editor,

The fundamental underpinnings of our democracy is the right to vote for the candidates of our choice.  When someone whom we have elected cannot continue in the elected position, it becomes the responsibility of an elected official or officials to appoint a replacement. 

This procedure is normally defined in a document such as the federal or state constitution or a city or county charter.  

In Los Alamos County the charter simply says the council should choose someone to fill the position.

The current council first wanted to set up an “application” process whereby they would judge who might be the “best person” to fill the vacant seat based upon some undefined criteria. That process can never work because the only qualifications for Council is being a registered voter and not working for the county. When that failed, the council voted to leave it to the incoming council.

I strongly disagree with the following from an editorial in the Los Alamos Monitor: “They should ask leaders, the parties and important groups. They must remember that their decision here is not being done in a vacuum, that we all have a vested interest in how this proceeds.” 

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