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  • Tiverton Truth FlashPhoto of The Problem with the Board of Canvassers Power Grab

    The Problem with the Board of Canvassers Power Grab

    It's been somewhat surprising to see people who clearly consider themselves to be supporters of civil rights and fairness respond as they have to the lawsuits against the town that three of us Town Council members are in the process of dropping or withdrawing from. All of the details are available, here, so I won't repeat them, but the upshot is that the Town Solicitor (at the suggestion of one or more members of the Town Council, we believe) led the Board of Canvassers to block ballot questions (or "resolutions") from the 2018 financial town referendum (FTR) based not on the process of submitting them, but on the content of the questions themselves.  I'll be generous in this summary (ignoring, for example, that the solicitor actually misstated what some of the questions would have done if they passed) and simply note that Solicitor Anthony DeSisto's legal analysis was arguable.  Indeed, at the time that the board took its vote, the solicitor hadn't even provided or (apparently) written his analysis, so he hadn't made an argument so much as an assertion. That means that, with no advanced notice of a hearing, no written analysis, and no effort to seek confirming opinions, the Board of Canvassers nullified the electors' right to put questions on the ballot.  How can anybody, on any side of any political issue, believe that should be the way this works? Of course, FTR resolutions and ballot questions are kind of abstract, and most electors might not have a…

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  • Photo of Background Documents from the TTA Lawsuits

    Background Documents from the TTA Lawsuits

  • Photo of Context for the Supposed Conflict of Interest

    Context for the Supposed Conflict of Interest

  • Photo of Tiverton Trails on Testing Across State Lines

    Tiverton Trails on Testing Across State Lines

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