By Edie Stevens

The Boulder County Democratic Party has voted to oppose the right to vote of the citizens of Boulder.
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Let me repeat: No to the right to vote.

In the midst of scandals regarding efforts by states such as Texas to make it difficult, or even impossible, for their citizens to participate in the electoral process, the Boulder County Democratic Party is urging its members and other Boulder voters in public statements and in its Voter Guide, to reject the right of any and all Boulder residents to vote on an Annexation Agreement between the City and CU.

The Republican Party of Boulder County must be joyous.

There are deeply held opinions for and against the Annexation Agreement within the Party and within the City— some arguing eloquently for the need for protection against the damage of another 2013 flood, so eloquently that I viscerally felt the terror of a friend who was forced to carry her husband out of the flood waters of Frasier.

Others arguing that hydrologic studies show that the 100-year flood control plan within the Agreement will not protect the residents of the area, many of whom are their friends, from a local flood in this time of climate change.

Some arguing that the Agreement will destroy species federally designated as endangered.  Some arguing that existing wetlands will be destroyed.  Some arguing that Open Space wildlife’s feeding, sleeping, and mating habits will be so disrupted by CU’s proposed 3,000-seat athletic stadium, with its floodlights and loudspeakers, that they will be displaced and their survival endangered.

Residents of South Boulder express concern that the addition of 700 vehicles from the parking spaces CU has proposed to build on the site will exacerbate the existing traffic jams on Table Mesa and Broadway.  Homeowners in Martin Acres worry that spectators of athletic events held in the 3,000-seat stadium will park cars in front of their houses, eliminating space for their own vehicles and posing new dangers in their very narrow streets.

The BCDP has voted to deny all these the right to vote.  Indeed, they voted to deny you voters that right, according to recent reports, without any discussion of the fact that they were doing so, which raises the probability that none of these Democrats had even read the petition that put 302 on the ballot.

Despite repeated requests that the Executive Committee be recalled to reconsider this vote or to delete their unwarranted opposition to 302 from the Party’s Voting Guide, which precinct workers will soon or may have already distribute to Boulder voters, the Party Chair and other Party officials refuse on various grounds, including that such an act would “disrespect the decision-making ability of the Party,” i.e., it would make us look stupid.

Unfortunately, by refusing to correct this, they do.

But you, the Boulder County DEMOCRATIC Party also fail to uphold the basic premise of our country, that the right to vote “shall not be denied.”  And that is far more serious than stupidity.

Edie Stevens was Chair, Boulder County Democratic Party, 1981-1985

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By Edie Stevens

The Boulder County Democratic Party has voted to oppose the right to vote of the citizens of Boulder.
.
Let me repeat: No to the right to vote.

In the midst of scandals regarding efforts by states such as Texas to make it difficult, or even impossible, for their citizens to participate in the electoral process, the Boulder County Democratic Party is urging its members and other Boulder voters in public statements and in its Voter Guide, to reject the right of any and all Boulder residents to vote on an Annexation Agreement between the City and CU.

The Republican Party of Boulder County must be joyous.

There are deeply held opinions for and against the Annexation Agreement within the Party and within the City— some arguing eloquently for the need for protection against the damage of another 2013 flood, so eloquently that I viscerally felt the terror of a friend who was forced to carry her husband out of the flood waters of Frasier.

Others arguing that hydrologic studies show that the 100-year flood control plan within the Agreement will not protect the residents of the area, many of whom are their friends, from a local flood in this time of climate change.

Some arguing that the Agreement will destroy species federally designated as endangered.  Some arguing that existing wetlands will be destroyed.  Some arguing that Open Space wildlife’s feeding, sleeping, and mating habits will be so disrupted by CU’s proposed 3,000-seat athletic stadium, with its floodlights and loudspeakers, that they will be displaced and their survival endangered.

Residents of South Boulder express concern that the addition of 700 vehicles from the parking spaces CU has proposed to build on the site will exacerbate the existing traffic jams on Table Mesa and Broadway.  Homeowners in Martin Acres worry that spectators of athletic events held in the 3,000-seat stadium will park cars in front of their houses, eliminating space for their own vehicles and posing new dangers in their very narrow streets.

The BCDP has voted to deny all these the right to vote.  Indeed, they voted to deny you voters that right, according to recent reports, without any discussion of the fact that they were doing so, which raises the probability that none of these Democrats had even read the petition that put 302 on the ballot.

Despite repeated requests that the Executive Committee be recalled to reconsider this vote or to delete their unwarranted opposition to 302 from the Party’s Voting Guide, which precinct workers will soon or may have already distribute to Boulder voters, the Party Chair and other Party officials refuse on various grounds, including that such an act would “disrespect the decision-making ability of the Party,” i.e., it would make us look stupid.

Unfortunately, by refusing to correct this, they do.

But you, the Boulder County DEMOCRATIC Party also fail to uphold the basic premise of our country, that the right to vote “shall not be denied.”  And that is far more serious than stupidity.

Edie Stevens was Chair, Boulder County Democratic Party, 1981-1985

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