Majority of Longmonters reject free speech limits

This poll question at the TimesCall:

The Longmont City Council offers two “public invited to heard” sessions during each regular meeting — one near the beginning of the meeting and one at the end. Mayor Bryan Baum would like to see the first public-invited segment to be limited to no more than 30 minutes. Speakers already are limited to three minutes each. Should the first public-invited session be limited, and if so, how much time should be allotted?

Times call poll as of Jan 29, 2010 at 1:00 AM MDT

Times call poll as of Jan 29, 2010 at 1:00 AM MDT

Here’s the results as of 1:00 AM.

Pretty clear the mayor was unwise to even suggest limiting Public Invited to Be Heard.

These next two charts, from data collected from 9:30 AM – 1:45 PM show the ratios throughout the polling period:

(Click charts to enlarge)

In the end, after 262 votes were cast and from start to finish the average ratio of people that chose no limits to Public Invited to Be Heard was a steady 56%. Note that at 1:00 AM, the total of people choosing any limit (combining all three choices) in the poll was 113 while the number choosing no limits was 149.

Note that the final ratio of the smallest limit (30 minutes) to no limit voters was 52 / 149 – almost three to one.

There, plain as day, is the stony hard core of an ideology that would declare a permanent majority and crucify the principles of Democracy on the cross of opportunism.

Caucus is coming up.

Get busy.

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