We've received a request to post the following from Terry Qualters.
To Winchester Voters.
This year I submitted a petition to change the board of selectmen from five members to three. My petition had 37 signatures; but now the selectman's attorney says that's not enough; because a state statute says 2% of the town's voters, 59 people would have had to sign the petition. I don't think the state's statutes back up this ruling.
I'm sorry to the people who signed the petition. I knew this wasn't going to be well received by town officials; but I hadn't expected the town's attorney to try this game.
In my opinion;
This notice is for the residents of Winchester who signed the petition (37) to return the number of selectmen from 5 back to 3 under the authority of RSA 48:1-def. June 26, 1990; which is an update from RSA 41:8b eff. July 24,1987; which allowed increasing the board from 3 members to 5 in person. The requirement of 2% of the registered voters is not stated in the statute and only the matter pursuant to RSA 656:13 eff. June 8,1994 applies. If the 2% is not stated in our statute, RSA 48:1-d, it's petition of 25 signatures must stand!