Question 2 on Portland’s municipal ballot seeks to amend zoning rules to allow 25 percent of registered voters living within 500 feet of a proposed zoning change to veto the zoning change by simply filing a written objection with the city. This would be done with no public meetings or public voting. Question 2 avoids the democratic process.

Though our current process may not be perfect, it is open to all who have an interest in the future of Portland, wherever they come from and whatever their background. Portland’s current process does not limit or ignore the opinions and rights of the 15,000 residents in Portland who aren’t registered to vote. Vote “no” on Portland Question 2 and don’t allow a few petition signers to decide the fate of our community.

Holly Merrill