Monday, May 02, 2005

Eureka Councilmember Kerrigan Sits In On VCC Meeting

This post was written on 5/6/05 and back dated when posted 5/8/05.

On Monday, May 2, the Voter Confidence Committee had its regular weekly meeting at the Liquid Cafe. This was mostly to debrief on last week's town hall forum, but also to do some planning. There was a strong sense that preferential voting should become the term we will emphasize over ranked choice or instant runoff voting. This led to a revision of reform #8 in the Voter Confidence Resolution. The wording of the second RESOLVE clause was also tightened and so the version number was advanced to 6.1 (earlier versions).

Eureka City Councilmember Chris Kerrigan attended part of the meeting. While he was there we compared a citizen initiative and a ballot measure crafted by the Council as potential paths to ultimately implementing preferential voting. With optimism he encouraged us to pursue the second path, in the form of a Town Charter Amendment Review Committee, though clearly nothing is for certain.

Also Monday, the Eureka Reporter published this story on the forum. The Reporter was also running an opinion poll on Ranked Choice Voting. As I write this, it appears they've already moved on to another topic. The result was 53.19% in favor of RCV to 46.81 opposed.



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