Letter: A revote would diminish the value of our vote

To the Editors:

There has been a lot of advocacy in this paper recently in favor of having a revote on the Miller-Driscoll renovation project. I think we need to think long and hard about whether this is a precedent that we want to set. Election day has always been about collectively making decisions, even if by only a single vote. Do we really want to have our future votes subject to nullification if the election is close? Shouldn’t election day mean something?

If, to be sure of an outcome we need a recount, by all means do a recount. If there are potentially fraudulent or ambiguous ballots, by all means investigate them.

If, on the other hand, our votes are subject to simply being thrown out if the balloting turns out to be close and someone wants a “do over,” then what does that say about the value of any of our votes?

Tim Schmidt

Ridgefield Road, Jan. 26