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Clinton Charter Questions for the General Election on November 6, 2018

Clinton Charter Questions for the General Election on November 6, 2018

On August 28th the Charter Revision Commission submitted two Charters to the Town Clerk’s Office. These Charters will be on the November 6, 2018 election ballot as two questions proposing amendments to the Town Charter on the future form of government for the Town of Clinton. They will be listed as “Question 3” and “Question 4” on the ballot.


Electors have the choice of voting “Yes” or “No” on these questions.

Question 3 proposes to change the form of government by eliminating the Board of Selectmen in favor of a seven member Town Council which will retain legislative authority. It also provides for the appointment of a professional Town Manager who would carry out the policies set by the Town Council. Other proposed amendments would eliminate the Board of Finance and place most of the administrative functions and general management of the town's affairs in the hands of the Town Manager including development of budgetary proposals, financial management and over sight of expenditures and contracts. The proposal also makes other technical amendments to conform to the new administration by the Town Manager. The Town Manager would be hired by the Town Council, by contract, for a period not to exceed three years.

Question 4 retains the current form of government headed by a five member Board of Selectmen. This proposed amended Charter makes a number of technical amendments to the existing Charter, clarifies terms of office for town offices, makes minor amendments to the appropriation and bidding processes for town expenditures and contracting and other similar changes to conform to current law, regulation and best practices.


For a Charter amendment to pass, a question must receive “Yes” votes totaling more than 50% of the number of voters voting on any of the Charter questions. If voters participating in the election do not vote on the Charter questions, they are not counted in the calculation of numbers of voters voting on the questions. Passage is not based on whichever question gets the most positive votes. If neither question receives votes in favor equaling a majority of the number of persons participating in voting on the Charter questions, then no question passes. Connecticut General Statutes, Section 7-191(f)

For example:

1. If 1,000 electors cast a vote on either of the questions, for or against a question, a question must receive at least 501 votes in favor of it in order to pass.

2. If 1,000 electors participate in the election but only 900 cast a vote for or against either of the questions, a question must receive 451 votes in favor of it in order to pass.

3. If 1,000 electors participate in the election but only 900 cast a vote for or against the questions, and one question receives 400 votes in favor, the other question receives 300 votes in favor, then neither of the questions will have been adopted as neither received a majority.

It is important for electors to understand they should only choose “Yes” on one of the two questions. Although, they can choose “No” on both — indicating “No” change to the Charter amendments.

Copies of both proposals are available online at Charter Revision Commission or in person at the Town Clerk’s office.



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