The Naperville Municipal Officers Electoral Board recently met to discuss controversial wording on the upcoming March 20th ballot. The Naperville Smart Grid Awareness group is against the new smart meters. They sent in a petition to include a referendum question during the election, but one Naperville resident Bill Dawe objects to it. At the January 9, 2012, board hearing Dawe’s attorney, Kevin McQuillan ,asked eight people about the petitions they circulated. Those people were a part of the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group’s effort to add a nonbinding question on 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?”
According to McQuillan, those eight people collected signatures that didn’t belong to Naperville residents and some forms were adjusted after they were notarized.
“The objection was to all lines and the issue was as to when the DuPage Counties were printed in, before or after notarization. That’s my question,” said McQuillan.
Naperville Smart Meter Awareness’ own attorney, Doug Ibendahl, cross-examined each witness briefly, and asked each similar questions.
“Would you reaffirm each and every of the affirmations on the petition pages that you circulated,” questioned Ibendahl.
Each of the circulators replied that they would.
Questioning the witnesses took so long that the board ran out of time to make a rule whether or not they should pull the question off the ballot. The hearings will continue until the board makes a decision.
However, that decision may not be final. It could be appealed in circuit court, something both sides have mentioned outside the hearings. Keep an eye on this page for the most recent updates in the hearings.
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