Smart Meter Controversy Continues

The Naperville Municipal Officers Electoral Board recently met to discuss controversial wording on the upcoming March 20th ballot. The Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group is against the new smart meters. They sent in a petition to include a referendum question during the election, but one man objects to it.

4,000 plus people signed the petition and according to Naperville resident Bill Dawe many of them shouldn’t count. At a recent hearing of the board, Dawe’s attorney Kevin McQuillan asked to subpoena eight circulators and four notaries to question them about authenticity and the board is allowing them to call the circulators

“It is a common practice for circulators to be called before electoral boards to testify about the authenticity of the information provided in the petitions,” said Margo Ely, City Attorney.

This all began because the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness Group filed the petition in November to add a question to the March ballot.

“Shall the City of Naperville Immediately and Permanently Stop the Implementation of the $22 Million Smart Meter Project and Dismantle All Related Equipment?”

The group wants that question on the ballot to see if city citizens share their concerns about cost, safety, personal privacy, and health issues related to the city’s new smart meters. They’re adamant that they followed the law in collecting signatures.

“It’s unbelievable that people are going to be called in here to testify on things that they’re not even aware of, be dragged away from their work day and asked to give testimony,” said Tom Glass, who sits on the Board of Directors of Naperville Smart Meter Awareness.

The board first met less than a week ago. They recessed to allow McQuillan time to submit subpoenas to question signatures he and Dawe say shouldn’t count for several reasons, from illegible handwriting to belonging to non-Naperville residents.

“It’s very straight forward in terms of are people registered voters,” said McQuillan. “Do they live in the city of Naperville? Were the certifications done in according to law? Those are basic things you do.”

The referendum objection hearing will continue on Monday, January 9th at 10am.

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