Dear readers: Thank you for voting in the community square poll
MARSHFIELD — As the voting has slowed down, Hub City Times has decided to close our online poll regarding the community square.
Out of 1,042 votes, 674 (65 percent) do not believe a community square in downtown Marshfield is a good idea, and 368 (35 percent) do.
Here, a word about the voting is necessary. In our first version of this poll, we found rampant abuse, where a few individuals voted hundreds of times, skewing the results toward their personal preference. We rebooted the poll and took steps that limited participants to one vote per IP address.
This, however, was not a perfect solution as people who really wanted to pervert the poll still could. We also could not verify that people voting in the poll lived in the city of Marshfield or the surrounding area.
Essentially, we at Hub City Times took it on good faith that people would vote once and vote their conscience, and we assume for the most part that has happened in our second version of the poll.
Hub City Times would like to encourage people with a passionate stance on the community square project to appear and speak at local city meetings, a listing for which is available online, or to get in touch their alderperson, whose contact information is listed here.
To find out which district you live in and which alderperson to contact, see the map here. (Editor’s note: This map is from 2014, so it shows Char Smith as the alderperson for district six. Rich Reinart is now the alderman for that district.)