This Year's Ballot Questions

A preview of the questions facing Malden voters.

Note: The following was submitted by Gary Christenson's Mayoral campaign. 

Question 1:

Right now, a ballot question proposed by voters (like the PAYT question in 2009) requires a very high super majority to pass.  

A “Yes” vote would reduce the size of the super majority, making it easier for citizen-sponsored questions to pass.

A “No” vote would maintain the high threshold in place for a ballot question to pass. 


Question 2:

Right now, with the exception of ward councilor, all vacancies in elective office are filled by appointment. This amendment, if adopted, would provide

1. A uniform and easily understood way of filling vacancies;

2. Vacancies would be filled by special election, unless a regular election was scheduled in the near future. Then, to minimize costs, the vacancy would be filled at the regular election.

Its main advantages are:

1.It is more democratic – it ensures that voters will choose their representatives directly;

2. It gives people a broader range of options in selecting their representatives. (The most qualified candidate may not have run in the last election because he/she was satisfied with the representation and did not anticipate a vacancy.)

3. It eliminates the ability to gain unfair advantage with inside knowledge.

A “Yes” vote would change the way that vacancies are filled.  A “No” vote would leave the present system for filling vacancies in place which is by appointment.


Question 3:

Since people can’t hold more than one city office at a time, it seems reasonable to know up-front what office a candidate really wants to hold. The state and many cities already have similar provisions.  

A "Yes" vote would prevent candidates from running for more than one office during an election cycle.

A "No" vote would continue to allow candidates to run for multiple offices during an election cycle.  

Chris Caesar October 10, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Sorry guys, I'm going to delete both of those last minute swipes. If you can't play nice, I will turn this Patch around soooo fast...
Robert Sullivan October 10, 2011 at 09:16 PM
Thanks chris, It was due along time ago. I think you should revist the true name policy. That would fix alot of problems. Thanks again. You know who.
Chris Caesar October 10, 2011 at 09:17 PM
I appreciate it, guys. I am definitely trying to formulate the most judicious balance between having robust discussions and not having it devolve into name-calling. We should have more information about this tomorrow morning (I believe).
Julie M October 10, 2011 at 09:26 PM
I believe that not devolving into name-calling would fix an even greater problem.
Chris Caesar October 10, 2011 at 09:56 PM
Here's a new discussion on which, as a new resident of Malden, I'd appreciate some impassioned feedback: http://malden.patch.com/articles/poll-who-has-the-best-pizza-in-malden


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