Governments are selective when
following the will of the voters
Our Commonwealth or State government is conducting a campaign to
influence voters to vote in referendum for an (22%) increase in state
sales tax to pay for certain road projects. If a majority of the
voters by referendum vote for this increase in taxes the state
government will, without fail, see that our state sales tax is so
increased. A majority of voters voting YES will insure that the
referendum question becomes law.
Citizens of Virginia Beach have initiated two referenda in the past
decade. In 1994 their referendum question asking if citizens
wanted equal population boroughs and voting by borough received 53% YES
In the second referendum on May
2, 2000 the referendum question asked if citizens wanted a Park Only at
31st Street and the Oceanfront. Fifty-eight per-cent of the voters
If the State's referendum in
November asking if citizens want an increase in taxes to fund roads
receives anything like the majorities that the two citizen referenda
received, the State's referendum will be considered a great victory.
In a true democracy a majority vote is supposed to rule. Why
should a state referendum become law, while the majority YES votes for
citizens' referenda are ignored? As George Washington once said,
"If the minority can rule over the majority, then you have lost
true freedom." If we have a true democracy, let it be fair.
If a majority vote works for the state's referendum, it should work for
citizen initiated referenda as well! Are citizens second class?
Maurice B. Jackson