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Letter: Let's be smart voters this time

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:23 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I attended the forum this week, where 13 of the 15 candidates for councilman at large answered the same question about several issues the city is confronting.  

A statement was made that only 14.5 percent of voters participated last time and that’s not acceptable. One candidate had nothing to say. I wasn’t able to get this question on the program in time but the comments pertaining to our city problems confirmed by my book.  

We need more voters participating and a better way to get each candidate’s agenda to voters, so a meeting like last night would be about how they would do things different and how they all agree.  

Just allow each candidate, wanting our vote, to use our own Joliet city website, free. We bought it with our own taxes.  

I even checked with the Illinois Election Board and they referred me to the Illinois States Attorney’s Office, who wrote me that they have no jurisdiction of local elections and that local ordinances would be the rules to follow.  

The city council refused on grounds of a lawsuit; using taxpayer’s money to affect elections.  

Isn’t this exactly what we want our taxes to do: help voters to know who they should vote for?  

Let’s be smart voters.  

The Netherlands recently had their election and a Donald Trump-type individual was challenging their democracy and lost.  

They had 82 percent turnout.  

Joliet is better than that.  

We have 19 days to do it.  

Let’s be the first in America to take the risk that people do count and money doesn’t rule us. Let’s “MODERNIZE THE ELECTION PROCESS.”

Yes we can; if we try something different.

Don Zwiers

Joliet  

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