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2006 Seattle Elections

General Elections Voters' Guide

Chrtr Am 12-Selected Cnclmmbrs Vote on Chrtr Amend - Ballot Title


Ballot Title


The city council has proposed an amendment to Article XX Section 1 of the city charter concerning which city council members may vote to propose charter amendments.

This charter amendment would eliminate the provision that only "elected" council members may vote on whether to propose amendments to the city charter. This would allow a council member who had been selected to fill a vacant council position until the next election to vote on whether to propose charter amendments to the voters.

Should this charter amendment be

Approved
Rejected


Explanatory Statement

1. The proposal

This amendment would allow a councilmember who had been selected to fill a vacant council position, but had not been elected by the voters, to vote on whether to propose charter amendments to the voters.

2. The charter as it currently exists

Article XX of the Seattle City Charter governs how the charter may be amended. Under Article XX, a charter amendment may be proposed either by the voters or by the city council. The charter states that the city council may propose a charter amendment if a majority of all "elected" councilmembers agree to do so. The proposed charter amendment must then be approved by the voters to become effective.

City councilmembers are elected to serve four-year terms. However, if a councilmember leaves office before the end of his or her term, the city council selects a person to fill the vacant council position until an election is held.

Because Article XX Section 1 of the charter states that charter amendments may be proposed by a majority of "elected" city councilmembers, a councilmember who has been selected by other councilmembers to fill a vacant council seat until an election is held may not vote on whether to propose a charter amendment to the voters.

3. The effect of this amendment if approved

Article XX Section 1 of the charter would be changed to eliminate the provision that only "elected" city councilmembers may vote on whether to propose charter amendments. This would allow a councilmember who had been selected to fill a vacant position to vote on whether to propose charter amendments to the voters.

This proposition and Seattle Charter Amendment No. 11 amend different provisions of Article XX Section 1 of the charter. Each amendment is independent of the other. If the voters approve either amendment at the November 7 election, then that amendment will be given effect. If the voters approve both amendments at the November 7 election, then both amendments will be given effect.





General Election Voters' Guide

Introduction

Voter Registration, Polling Places & Absentee Ballots

Seattle Form of Government

Links to Non-Seattle Voters' Pamphlets

Council Position 9

Sally Clark

Stan Lippman

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 1

Edsonya Charles

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 2

C. Kimi Kondo

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 3

Ron A. Mamiya

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 4

Judith Montgomery Hightower

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 5

George W. Holifield

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 6

Michael Salvador Hurtado

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 7

Fred Bonner

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 10

Jean Rietschel

Referendum 1 -
Adult Entertainment Regulation

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Initiative 91 -
Leases to Sports Teams

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Proposition 1 -
Transportation Funding

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 6 -
Meeting Location in Emergency

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 7 -
Council Quorum Requirements

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 8 -
Council Reconfirmation of 3 Dept Heads

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 9 -
Auditor Appointer and Length of Term

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 10 -
Planning Commission Appointments

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

ChrtrAm 11 -
When Approved Ballot Issues take Effect

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 12 -
Selected Cnclmmbrs Vote on Chrtr Amendmnt

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 13 -
Ballot Measure Notification

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 14 -
Clerk Compilation of Ordinances

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 15 -
Change Comptroller to Clerk

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

ChrtrAm 16 -
Obsolete References to Art. XIX Sec. 10

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

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