Monday, June 06, 2005

Eureka Mayor La Vallee, Councilman Kerrigan Attend VCC Weekly Meeting

The Voter Confidence Committee had special guests at our regular 6pm Monday meeting at the Liquid Cafe. Eureka Mayor Peter La Vallee and City Councilmember Chris Kerrigan watched and discussed two presentations conducted by Scott Menzies. Scott made a set of PowerPoint slides to explain why we should use Choice Voting to provide for proportional representation. He also ran through an abbreviated version of the Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) presentation he gave at the town hall forum. Part of the exercise was to choose which of these would be shown to the City Council on Tuesday night. It looks like the more familiar IRV. The Mayor acknowledged that the new presentation should be brought back at a different opportunity.

I didn't get a chance to write about last Thursday's tour of the Elections Department. It wasn't really a tour in the sense I had imagined. We sat in the basement and heard Humboldt County Elections Manager Lindsey McWilliams walk us through a PowerPoint show of his own. He then did a machine demo. Missing was the casual walking and talking other VCC members and I had envisioned. Supervisor Jimmy Smith and Elections Clerk Carolyn Crnich were present for some of the time and we had hoped to continue the dialog on setting up a County task force on election reform. Sensing that we hadn't capitalized on this occasion, VCC member Mark Konkler promptly set up a meeting with Supervisor Smith for later this week.



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