, Derry, New Hampshire


February 7, 2013

Editorial: Good government requires engaged voters


Derry is not the only community that struggled with attendance at its deliberative sessions. Monday night, turnout at the Londonderry town deliberative session was also just one-half of 1 percent. Just 0.65 percent of registered voters showed up at the deliberative session in Salem Saturday. Danville posted the best turnout — a pathetic 2 percent.

The poor attendance leads Southern New Hampshire University political science professor Dean Spiliotes to believe deliberative sessions may be a thing of the past.

“It just doesn’t seem to work as much as it once used to,” Spiliotes told reporter Alex Lippa. “Eventually, I think this could be more virtual. I know political scientists are working on Internet voting and how to use the Internet as an arena for a virtual town hall.”

It’s an old saw that everybody complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it.

The same is now true about local spending and tax rates.

Those who cannot be bothered to participate in their local government have little cause to complain about it.

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