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Does your vote count?
Article published on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005
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Editor:
February ’05 Commissioners of Madeira Beach press release: “Your vote still counts.” To them last year’s vote didn’t. You voted and passed a charter amendment that says a candidate must file a letter of acceptance of their nomination with the city clerk within five days after qualifying.

Commissioner Martha Boos is appalled. Mayor Parker can’t remember. Candidate Thomas says, “You can’t read all this stuff. It’s a trap.” Boos makes all the amendment hearings but can’t remember this part. Mayor Parker votes on all amendments. Candidate Thomas hasn’t lived here long enough to know what’s going on, but voted in the referendum. You voted to approve the referendum.

City Attorney issues a 10-cent opinion saying to go ahead and file late and you’ll be in substantial compliance, citing a court case that doesn’t address city charters. Well, a black cat is not exactly a panther either.

Florida Attorney General legal advisory opinion number AG02003.36, dated July 31, 2003, subject: Municipal charter amendment, states: City charters affecting the manner of qualification for election can only be changed by

referendum. Section 166.031 also states that nothing in Section 166 is to be construed as permitting any changes in a special law or municipal charter that affects the terms of elected officers and the manner of their election.

Did your vote really count, or are you being led around the block again by this know-nothing commission. To them your vote didn’t count the last time. I guess it only applies to us, not them.

Roger Koske
Former Commissioner District 3
Madeira Beach
Article published on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005
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