Utah: Citizens say petitions thrown out for frivolous reasons

Tue, Jun 14 2011 — Source: Davis County Clipper

Not happy with the way their petition drive ended, members of Kaysville Citizens for Responsible Government addressed the city council Tuesday, asking council members to put the initiatives on the ballot anyway. “I’m not here to appeal to you,” said Walt Parrish, “frankly, I feel it would be futile.” He said the residents’ rights to freedom of speech and to petition the government were denied for “frivolous reasons” in the process, which he called “highly unusual if not criminal.” Parrish said citizens were competent to make their own decisions, “and as elected officials, you must let them,” he said.