Naperville voters will not see a referendum question to halt the city’s smart meter installation during the March 20th primary.
The Illinois Second District Appellate Court recently upheld other legal rulings made earlier this year, saying it’s too late for a ballot change since early voting has already begun.
“It’s disappointing that the city is trying to celebrate this as a victory when they are denying ballot access for voters to pursue this issue in the public forum,” said Kim Bendis, President of Naperville Smart Meter Awareness, a group against the city’s new smart meters.
They filed a petition to add this question to the ballot:
“Shall the city of Naperville immediately and permanently stop the implementation of the $22 million smart meter project and dismantle all related equipment?”
But Naperville resident William Dawe objected to the question, and the case went before the Naperville Municipal Officers Electoral Board.
They decided the group did not have enough signatures on their petition belonging to registered voters and a Circuit Court judge later agreed.
Naperville Smart Meter Awareness says they plan to hold the city accountable for stopping the referendum question. They’ve filed an appeal with the Illinois Attorney General, claiming that the Electoral Board violated the open meetings act.
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