March 16, 2010

Vote on RCV Ordinace Delayed Until April

A vote to implement a ranked choice voting (RCV, aka instant runoff voting) ordinance will have to wait a little longer after San Leandro Councilmember Joyce Starosciak delayed a City Council vote on the issue scheduled for last night's March 15, 2010, meeting.

The vote on the RCV ordinance had been placed on the Consent Calendar portion of the agenda, where items are usually expected to pass without issue. Every member of the City Council, however, may remove items from the Consent Calendar for further discussion or to have a separate vote on the issue. Starosciak did just that and, with RCV supporters Michael Gregory, Ursula Reed, and Diana Souza not at the meeting to ensure passage of the RCV ordinance, the vote is now scheduled to be on the April 5, 2010, City Council agenda.

The City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding on sharing RCV costs between the County of Alameda and the Cities of Oakland, Berkeley, and San Leandro on January 19, 2010, by a vote of 5 to 2, with Councilmembers Starosciak and Bill Stephens dissenting. As a result, the City Council and Mayoral election will held in November 2010, instead of June 2010.

Although unlikely, if the City Council fails to approve the RCV ordinance before the November election, San Leandro could find itself paying for RCV without actually using it.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at March 16, 2010 2:48 PM | TrackBack
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