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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).
replied 369d
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 365d
If they were elected by less than half the population would they still have a mandate to meddle?
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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.