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I mean, things are typically official if they send you a letter or just put it in the news paper (like rezoning)
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The main reason you see strange bylaws and such is due to the few who do get involved. Often old people. The people have to make themselves heard.
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why though? you have a minority exerting their influence on the rest of us. not everyone has so much free time to continually fend off these advances.
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Home owners I guess are given extra notice, and consideration. As the property tax payers.
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I know a property that runs along the back of my, and others properties wanted to do a zone change to allow container storage. We all had to be consulted and given a chance to say so.
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Not true at all. Everyone can participate. If more participated they could easily overturn the whole system.
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yes everyone *can*. but you have people who's full time "job" is to meddle while the people whose lives they meddle in are busy living (working, raising families, hobbies).
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Yes, but they were elected to that job. On a whole it is a good system. There are elements that are not perfect. There are different places with different approaches.
replied · 209d
If they were elected by less than half the population would they still have a mandate to meddle?
replied · 208d
Depends on if this is a popular vote election, of a majority of districts election. There are pros and cons the each system. Germany uses both for their elections I hear.
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nah just if less than half the citizens participate (cast a vote). even if they all have the option/chance to.
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No vote counts as a vote with the majority.
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Civil/municiple politics are the easiest to get involved in, and yet people get involved least in their local politics. Which is funny when it can have more impact on you.