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Voters reject SB2 proposals

Voters in both Temple and Mason on Tuesday turned down proposals to switch from traditional Town Meeting format to the SB2 or official ballot system. But proponents of the switch could take comfort in the fact that the margin of defeat is getting smaller.

Temple has been faced with the issue of whether to sustain Town Meeting or switch to a ballot voting system for multiple years in a row. This year, the town again voted to maintain Town Meeting — though the decision was a narrow one. In Temple the vote was 284 in favor of SB2, with 196 against —only four votes shy of the three-fifth’s percentage needed to pass.

While not enough to pass, the decision was much more narrow than in previous votes Temple has taken. Last year in Temple, the majority of residents who came out to vote opposed the article, with 178 voting to implement SB2 and 213 in favor of maintaining Town Meeting.

Mason residents have also seen articles on the ballot that propose ditching the traditional Town Meeting for a ballot voting format for several years. This year’s results did little to alleviate this debate for the future, as the article failed once again. Just 138 voters sided with SB2, while 169 voted to keep the Town Meeting format. In order to pass, the article would have need 185 Yes votes.

The Mason school district also had an article proposing SB2 on its ballot. The voting was not nearly as close as the towns, with 179 residents opposing SB2 while just 25 voted in favor of adopting the ballot voting format.

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