So Much for Letting the People Decide
For two years citizen-activists have been gathering signatures to force the Vancouver City Council to put on the ballot a public vote on light rail. The proposed rail line would extend TriMet’s MAX line from Portland to Vancouver. They apparently had the signatures, turning in a certified petition with the names of 5,479 city residents, seven more than were required.
But the county’s supervisor of elections, Tim Likness, has invalidated the petition “because of a technicality, according to the Vancouver Columbian. Apparently, 94 signatures were set aside because they didn’t have a tally total at the bottom of the page.
This is obviously an example to the wedge rail transit creates in a community … not between blacks and whites or the haves and the have-nots or any other division we typically see on political matters. This division is between those with elite visions of transforming our communities and those who foot the bills in the communities we already have and kind of like the communities as they are. And the elites must not allow the little people to vote on their extravagant visions!