It was just a week ago that we called on people to participate in the mail ballot to elect five members of what will be the newly created Utility Board of Commissioners. In fact, by Monday morning — Aug. 28 — Town Clerk Molly Fitzpatrick had received almost 400 ballots, which, if we can speculate, might have ballooned to a significant increase by the time balloting was scheduled to close at 3 p.m. that day. If the Clerk’s office had received 500 votes, that would have signaled a 33 percent turnout for this election, a participation level we think anyone would have described as healthy. This also signals how important people feel this Board will be to the future of the power company.
But it was not to be. There were, unfortunately, enough questions about the process to question its validity, although in the end we disagree that the vote should have been cancelled.
Be that as it may. Here we are again, with the same message. Ratepayers will, in the near future, receive another ballot. It will feel redundant. It won’t take very much time. The importance of the election has not changed, nor will, in all likelihood, your vote. Please remember to send it in or drop it off at Town Hall.