We the undersigned residents and voters call for you to reject the recommendations of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization’s Constitution and Bylaws Committee and remove them from consideration. These recommendations would deprive hundreds of thousands of Middlesex County voters from exercising their right to select the party’s local representatives, needlessly extending their terms retroactively.
“Democracy is essential and we cannot allow elections to become another casualty of the COVID-19 crisis. The proposal is even more troubling because it would permanently double the length of committee members terms, suppressing our voting rights for years or decades to come. We are a long way away from the scheduled elections in June 2021 and it is extremely premature to cancel them at this point, with the limited information we have.
“There is no right time to move forward with an anti-democratic plan like this, but to do so when so many families are struggling to survive amid this public health crisis would be grotesque and abusive. We need leaders in the Democratic Party to stand up for democracy and fight for our rights to elect our representatives in politics and government. Extending terms and cancelling elections is not what we are about. Please defend democracy and take a stand and protect the rights of party members to run for and vote for county committee in 2021.
“We insist you commit to the following:
· NO RETROACTIVE EXTENSIONS OF TERMS FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS
· NO PREMATURE DELAY OF THE 2021 ELECTIONS AT THIS TIME
· NO RUSHED VOTES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
“Again, we ask that you please reject the recommendations out of respect for our democracy and those who are battling this virus. These are changes that would require a more robust discussion than is possible under these circumstances and we would kindly request that you put the brakes on these recommendations.”