EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville Township Supervisor Frank Miles announced Monday that the township will host a Voter Education Event to provide information regarding the advisory referendum that will appear on the Nov. 4 election ballot.
The event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Main Street Community Center at 1003 N. Main St.
“In March, a group of citizens filed petitions with the township clerk to place a resolution on the agenda at the Township’s Annual Town Hall Meeting. The group of citizens asked that an advisory question of public policy be placed on the November 4th election ballot for consideration of the voters of Edwardsville Township,” Miles said. “The resolution passed by a majority vote of the electors present at the Annual Town Meeting and now this advisory question of public policy will appear on the ballot this November.”
The advisory referendum will ask “Shall the U.S. Constitution be amended to clearly state that the rights of persons protected by the U.S. Constitution are the rights of natural persons and are not those of corporations or other artificial entities and that money is not speech within the meaning of the First Amendment?”
“I have asked Pam Gronemeyer with the Southern Illinois People for Progress to provide information regarding this advisory question,” Miles said. “It is important for voters in the township to be given the opportunity to be informed on this issue before they face the question in the ballot box.”
“We are calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns,” Gronemeyer said. “Nationwide, more than 400 units of government have successfully passed a resolution or ordinance supporting this initiative.”
An advisory referendum is placed on the ballot to gauge voter opinion. The results of the election on the question are not binding and therefore no government is obligated to act upon the measure.
Edwardsville Township includes the city of Edwardsville, village of Glen Carbon and unincorporated areas just outside of these two municipalities. The Township Supervisor’s office is located at 300 W. Park in Edwardsville and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday and Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
For information, visit www.edwardsvilletownship.com or contact the Township Offices at (618) 656-0292.