Reform Proposals For Charter Amendment
1. Voters should have the right to elect a government of, by, and for the people, not special interests, by moving to Voter-Owned Elections.
As long as City candidates have to raise money from private interests to run for office, they will always have a tension (whether real or perceived) between being fully responsive to constituents and the pull of various special interests. It’s time to open the door to Voter-Owned Elections. Without taking one extra dime from the General Fund (beyond those already dedicated), we call on LA City to remove the cap and grow the Trust Fund to allow the City to adopt a more robust campaign finance system in the near future.
- Target date: 2011-12.
- Lead agency: City Ethics Commission.
2. Voters should have the right to convenient voting through their choice of either
Voter participation in
- Target date: 2012 for special elections as a pilot, 2015 for citywide elections (or whenever the City Clerk deems it feasible and has an implementation plan prepared and adequate staffing).
- Lead agency: City Clerk Election Division.
3. Voters should have the right to a quick and efficient election through Ranked Choice Voting.
Voters are tired and confused by the number of elections the City and other levels of government hold. To save the City money and save voters time, voters should have only one regular city election per year.
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) creates a plurality polling winner without requiring the two separate City elections we often have now -- a primary and a general race. Voters will have their voices heard and
- Target date: 2015 or whenever the County can provide the new voting system and the City Clerk and City Ethics Commission have an implementation plan.
- Lead agency: City Clerk Election Division and County Registrar-Recorder
4. Voters should have the right to register and vote on Election Day and have their votes counted.
If a citizen is eligible to vote, and this can be securely verified, he/she should be able to register and cast a ballot on Election Day at a pre-designated
Target date: 2012 or whenever the State passes implementing legislation and the Secretary of State implements a statewide voter registration database, or 2014 if
- Lead agency: