Poll Results: Should Milton update the name of the Board of Selectmen to be more gender-inclusive?
There is a movement from Milton residents to rename the Milton Board of Selectmen to Select Board. A group of citizens put together a petition, which was discussed at a late July Board meeting.
A petition was signed by about 150 residents and presented to Milton’s Board of Selectmen Monday night, July 23, urging the Town to adopt gender neutral language, such as “Select Board,” for Milton’s Board of Selectmen.
The Board of Selectmen first voted to submit the article to the Warrant Committee, after which they rescinded their vote, opting instead to submit the proposal to the Town Government Study Committee for further review. It was later shown that enough signatures on the petition were valid for a vote to send the article to the Warrant Committee for inclusion in the fall warrant.
The Milton Scene took a poll of readers, asking them if they think the Board of Selectmen should be renamed to something more gender inclusive.
The poll received 810 votes. 211 of those votes were duplicate votes and were excluded from results.
YES: 66% of readers (398) were in favor or renaming the Board of Selectmen to something more gender inclusive.
NO: 34% of readers (201) were opposed to renaming the Board of Selectmen to something more gender inclusive.