To the Editor: Don't opt out of the Voters' Pamphlet

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Lake Forest Park City Council is "considering" placing a 6-year levy increase on the August ballot. One piece of the proposal they are pursuing is opting out of publishing the issue and arguments for and against in the statewide primary voters' pamphlet.

This is the same problem that arose around the Shoreline schools bond and levy measures - only even less justifiable. This is not a special election - it is part of the statewide primary election. The City has been quite comfortable attempting to make its case through a special multi-page mailing at taxpayers' expense and has been holding "community conversations" utilizing city staff for the past several months, so it is somewhat disingenuous to cite cost as the reason.

Please allow all City residents to have a full and robust presentation of the issues involved - which can best be done, given the lack of local print media coverage, through the Voters' Pamphlet.

Carolyn Armanini
Lake Forest Park


Janet Way April 18, 2010 at 8:53 AM  

I thoroughly agree with Carolyn Armanini on this point. Though I live in Shoreline, I feel that LFP voters deserve better than to reduce voter education.

In the last School Bond/Levy election, there was no explanation or "for and against" arguments to inform voters. Voters were left having to depend on the District for all information.

Voter education is essential for participation. The League of Women Voters has pursued this goal very seriously for almost a century, "in the spirit of the suffragist movement".

Let's keep that light burning by spending what it takes to get the information to all voters. It's the least we can do.

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