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Consolidating Odd-Year Municipal Elections
San Francisco County
Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required
Pass: 263642 / 83.2% Yes votes ...... 53252 / 16.8% No votes
Index of all Propositions
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Shall the City amend its Charter to change the election cycle for City Attorney and Treasurer so that these officers would be elected at the same time as the Mayor, Sheriff and District Attorney?
League of Women Voters
|Arguments For Proposition D||Arguments Against Proposition D|
|Vote yes on Prop D to save taxpayer money and to
increase voter participation in the elections for City
Attorney and Treasurer, two elected positions that play
a critical role in our city government.
Prop D will ensure the City Attorney and Treasurer will
be elected in a higher turnout election, on the same
ballot as the Mayor, as opposed to a separate lowturnout
election. Voter turnout in a mayoral election is
usually around 40% or 50%, which is significantly
higher than for a City Attorney/Treasurer election.
Prop D will save millions by combining elections. Each
time we don't have a separate low-turnout election for
City Attorney and Treasurer - i.e., once every four years|
- the City's general fund will save approximately $4.2 million. We currently elect our City Attorney and Treasurer in an off-year election, where they are the only two offices on the ballot. This off-year election is often very low turnout, 30% or lower. In addition, each time we hold this low-turnout election, the City spends millions of scarce tax dollars that could be used for other needs such as parks, police, roads, and health care. Prop D saves money and improves voter turnout for these important elected offices. It's a win-win for San Francisco. Vote Yes on D! Supervisor Scott Wiener Supervisor John Avalos Supervisor Sean Elsbernd Supervisor David Chiu Supervisor David Campos Supervisor Carmen Chu Supervisor Jane Kim Supervisor Mark Farrell Supervisor Malia Cohen Supervisor Eric Mar Supervisor Christina Olague
|CONSOLIDATING MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS WILL LEAD
TO LONGER BALLOTS AND LESS ATTENTION BEING
PAID TO THE INDIVIDUAL OFFICES TO BE ELECTED:
About 507 BCE [or B.C.], the Athenian statesman
Cleisthenes introduced a new form of government into
ancient Athens. All free male citizens of the city were
allowed to appear, speak, and vote in the governing
Ecclesia [or Assembly] which met outdoors some 40
times per year on the hill of Pnyx across from the
Acropolis. Democracy was born--admittedly with
many flaws and limits.
Democracy works best when the people are paying
very careful attention.
This proposed amendment to the Charter of the City
and County of San Francisco would further consolidate
local elections. It would create longer ballots and
a situation in which less attention would given by the
voting public to the individual candidates to be elected
and the offices to be filled.
This Charter amendment is not political reform, nor is
it good government.
If the Fathers of the Athenian Democracy--the law
reformer Solon--the voting reformer Cleisthenes--and
the great Pericles who rebuilt the beautiful temples of
the Acropolis--were to return to San Francisco, I think
they would all vote "NO!" on misguided Proposition D.
Dr. Terence Faulkner*
County Central Committeeman|
The current off-year election for City Attorney and Treasurer leads to very low voter turnout.
By contrast, passing Prop D - and electing these offices in the high turnout mayoral election - will significantly increase the number of voters who elect our City Attorney and Treasurer. Democracy will be wellserved as a result, not to mention saving millions of taxpayer dollars.
Vote Yes on Prop D! Supervisor Scott Wiener