Voter Fraud at Town Meeting?
Tuesday, March 31 - A sad day for transparency in Wayland
George Harris has been a watchdog for transparency in Wayland for years. When he served on the Board of Selectmen (3 terms), we did not have sky-high tax bills like the one we recently received. Nor did we have recurring Open Meeting Law violations, nor the disheartening divisiveness we've had over the last 10 years.
Without a place at the table for Harris, there is no reason to believe these issues will end any time soon. However, Harris and others will continue to seek transparency and hold town government accountable for their actions.
This year's tax bills arrived in the mail the day after the election. Coincidence, or deliberate timing? Like the unreasonably early election day, held before many retirees return from their winter habitats, many people believe that the town government is eager to minimize the number of votes in opposition to their agendas.
However, a whopping 40% of those who voted in Tuesday's town election bullet voted. 980 of the 2456 voters refused to consider a second candidate for Board of Selectmen, opting instead to endorse only ONE candidate. It’s clear that the winter of our discontent has not ended.