Sandown Voters to Debate Role of Money in Politics

Voters in the town of Sandown, N.H., decide Saturday whether to support a resolution relating to the role of money in politics.

The upcoming annual town meeting includes a proposed article “to call upon our legislators to amend the United States Constitution.” According to town documents, Warrant Article 17 requests that Sandown “stand with communities across the country to defend democracy from the corrupting influence of big money in our political system.”

If approved, the article would ask legislators to support a constitutional amendment to establish that “constitutional rights were established for the people, not corporations, unions or other artificial entities.” Also, the elected representatives along with American people are “guaranteed the right to safeguard fair elections through the authority to regulate political spending.”

Other warrant articles includes electing new officers, discussion of a cell tower, a town budget revision, mosquito control and more.

The town will hold a Deliberative Session at 8 a.m., Saturday, in the upper hall of Town Hall, 320 Main Street, Sandown, N.H. This session will consist of “explanation, discussion, and debate of warrant articles number 2 through 21.”

The second session will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2015, where voting on articles 1-21 and the zoning amendments will be conducted by official ballot. Polls will be open at Town Hall from 8am-8pm. For more information visit

Warrant articles whose wording is prescribed by law will not be amended; and likewise, warrant articles that are amended shall be placed on the official ballot for a final vote on the main motion. No warrant article will be amended to the point of being eliminated.