, Salem, MA

December 20, 2013

Letter: Consider privacy keypad voting

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

What is privacy keypad voting?

Many voters don’t go to town meetings because they feel uncomfortable about standing to be counted or a feeling of intimidation.

Privacy keypad voting gives voters the privacy and secrecy of accurate voting right in your seat, all in less than 30 seconds. No missed counts, no groups shouting out louder than others. No hard feelings because you felt left out of the process. Yes, this is the 21st century, ask for more information on privacy keypad voting. Ask now about a possible demonstration.

Yes, you wouldn’t buy an ice box instead of a refrigerator or black and white TV. You didn’t get to the meeting in a horse and buggy, why vote without a private, faster, accurate way? Would you really give up your smartphone or color TV? “You” could be in control with privacy keypad voting.

Would you like some tax relief? It is your tax money. More than $2 million. It’s money left over from previous budgets. Where did it come from and why is it being planned to be spent without you knowing about it? More questions.

You, the voters, can decide to reduce your taxes; you could send a real message. Your expenses have gone up, but has your income? Why doesn’t the town consider your needs? The town says it has fixed costs, like oil, insurance, etc., so what’s new? Do taxpayers that have fixed costs get free oil? Are taxpayers immune from increase in insurance, etc.? Think of yourself as a lender to the town, and they can’t make do with the money lent to them (via taxes) and keep coming back for more. Could you go back to your lender and keep asking for more money? Try telling your employer you need a raise because your taxes are going up.

Town growth is down, property values are down, yet taxes continue to go up. Go figure, look at your tax bills for the last 10 years — your property taxes are up. You have a right to know why.

You have a right to know why. With the instant communications today, you can access information from many websites

Search “Privacy Keypad Town Meeting Voting” in your favorite search engine. Then, ask your selectman or Finance Committee member why it’s on the back burner.

Get informed, ask questions like it’s your business, because it is your business. You probably have cut down on your expenses, ask the town where they have cut down. Read the audit report!

Phil Goguen