Spotted this sign on my way to work this morning. It’s a reminder that eight Pierce County charter amendments will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. it’s unusual to see yard signs on charter amendments.
Citizens for a Better Ballot, the group that campaigned last year for ranked-choice voting – also known as instant-runoff voting – is behind the “No on No. 4″ signs. Proposed Charter Amendment No. 4 would delay the county’s first ranked-choice voting election until 2010.
Note the “Pick a Party” tag on the sign. That’s a reminder voters opted for RCV at least in part as a reaction to the demise of the states’ blanket primary. With RCV, there is no primary – just one election in which the winners are determined in a process of elimination.
RCV proponents want to remind voters how much they hate “pick a party” voting in closed primaries.
Two other proposed amendments would address problems the county would have running an RCV election in November 2008, which is what voters decreed last year. No. 5 says voters can rank only their top three choices in each race.
No. 6 says the auditor can limit the choices to the top three candidates until the voting system software will allow voters to rank all candidates in each race.
Other charter amendments would make the sheriff, auditor and assessor-treasurer positions nonpartisan and allow them to serve three terms.
For a list of all state and local ballot measures coming up Nov. 6, go here and click on the “ballot measures” link.