I wanted to let you know that I have introduced legislation to adopt the recent recommendation of the King County Charter Review Commission to study instant runoff voting. The King County Council is expected to hear and possibly take action on this issue on Monday, October 6, 2008, at the regularly scheduled 1:30 Council meeting.
As you know, the Charter Review Commission recommended that the Council convene a citizen’s committee to complete a study on instant runoff voting. The Commission put considerable effort into establishing its recommendations, and this legislation would task the Citizen’s Election Oversight Committee with examining whether instant runoff voting has a place in future King County Elections. The legislation requests that a written report documenting the advantages and disadvantages of instant runoff voting be presented to the Council no later than January 2, 2010.
The Council will be accepting public comment on this issue at its meeting on Monday. However, please note that Monday’s agenda also includes possible action on the County’s Comprehensive Plan which is scheduled to be heard first, and expected to take approximately two hours.
Please feel free to pass this information along to your membership.
King County Councilmember
Metropolitan King County Council, District 1
516 3rd Avenue, Room 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
ph: (206) 296-1001 | fx: (206) 296-0198
For more information: http://www.kingcounty.gov/ferguson
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