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Rig the system? Heaven forbid

Post by Cheryl Tucker on Sep. 21, 2009 at 4:16 am |
December 22, 2009 2:11 pm

Want to rig the system? Then vote yes on three Pierce County ballot measures that would make election-related changes to the county charter.

At least that seems to be the implication of signssign urging voters to reject Propositions 1, 2 and 3. The signs, which say “No rigging the system,” suggest that if the measures pass, suddenly elections would be “rigged” in Pierce County. And no one wants rigging, right?

So what exactly are the propositions about?

According to our coverage: Proposition 1 “would move elections for County Council and executive to odd-numbered years and allow people elected to those offices to serve three consecutive four-year terms. Currently, they are limited to two consecutive terms.”

Proposition 2 “would move elections for county assessor-treasurer, auditor and sheriff to odd-numbered years.”

And Proposition 3 would dump ranked choice voting in county races and return to the previous primary system.

How do any of these changes constitute “rigging the system”? One might argue that two terms are better than three, that the county races should be held in even-numbered years and that RCV is a better way of electing people. But the alternatives are hardly “rigging,” which implies misconduct, even illegality.

Let’s argue these ballot measures on their merits – or lack thereof – and not imply that their supporters are up to borderline criminal mischief.

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