A reader reflects on voting rights in Lee Township

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FOR THE EDITOR:

One of the big disputes of the group trying to recall the Lee Township Supervisor and Administrator is what they call “their right to vote.” Their claim is that the township council (not just the trustee or supervisor) voted 3 to 2 to shut down the transfer station. This small group of residents thinks it should have been put to a vote for the residents to decide.

While that might have been a “right” way to make this decision, it’s definitely not a “right.” There has never been a “right” to vote for the services provided by the Township. They’ve only had that chance twice in over 30 years.

As I have asked other residents who make this claim,

“What was your vote on the transfer station in 2019? ” – No answer

“And in 2018? ” – No answer

“Can you remember how you voted at any time?” – No answer

The debate usually ends at this point because they suddenly recognize that they didn’t have the “right” to vote to keep it open, so they don’t have the “right” to vote to close it.

They also ignore the dire financial situation facing the township council. By December, the budgeted amount of money was gone with three more months. Because some residents decided to bring their debris from Sanford to the Lee Township Transfer Station, we had almost doubled the expected amount. In addition, the compactor needed expensive repairs. There was no time for in-depth studies, reports, analyzes or waiting for a vote. Something had to be done to ensure that residents continued to have solid waste management services.

Residents have never had the “right” to vote on Lee Township services. This is a false statement intended to sway voters against the supervisor and the trustee. This misleading claim was the basis for many signing the recall petition, which, oddly enough, does not mention voting as the reason for the recall. If they are going to mislead the residents on this point, how many other points have their basis in misrepresentation?

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