You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Red Sox Live

2

3

▼  6th Inning 0 outs

Letters | Non-binding ballot questions

Non-binding questions are not the problem

Your Nov. 15 editorial “Ballots: Bound up in non-binding questions“ suggests that non-binding public policy questions should be eliminated in order to reduce long lines at the ballot box. In fact, long lines depended much more heavily on local and statewide election administration practices then on whether there was a non-binding question on the ballot. There were long lines in many places with no public policy questions.

The best way to reduce long lines would be to enact sensible, low-cost election administration changes already adopted by many states, such as no-excuse-needed absentee voting, early voting, and the ability to look up one’s official voter registration status (something voters in 45 states can do, but not us here in Massachusetts).

Continue reading below

In Boston, precinct lines also need to be updated and equalized — something that has not happened in well over 50 years.

There is no need to curb the occasional use of public policy questions, which are important ways of measuring public support and enthusiasm and often pave the way for legislative action or statewide, binding ballot questions. We need to fix our election system instead.

Let the people vote.

Pamela Wilmot

Executive director

Common Cause

Massachusetts

Boston

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.