This November we have an opportunity to adopt three important reform measures that
will strengthen democracy in Pierce County. Amendments 1 and 2 will together move
county elections to odd numbered years and set a limit of three terms for the County
Executive and County Council – the same term limits that are in place for Auditor,
Assessor/Treasurer and Sheriff. Amendment 3 will repeal “Ranked Choice Voting” and
restore the popular and fairer “top two” primary.
Off year elections can make democracy personal again. County candidates will be
able to campaign one-on-one with voters, who in turn will be able to focus on county
elections – rather than having to compete with the noise and excitement of national
campaigns. This will allow less expensive campaigns and open the door for more people
to consider running for public office.
A limit of three terms is a commonsense position between allowing politicians to
stay in office for a lifetime and forcing good people out just when they’ve learned
how to do the job.
RepealRanked Choice Voting:
Approve Charter Amendments 1, 2 & 3
In 2006 Pierce County adopted the experimental “Ranked Choice Voting” system for
most county elections. At the time many claims were made about the advantages of
RCV that have proven to be false and even misleading. RCV has hurt voter turnout,
cost more tax dollars to administer, and failed to provide a majority winner in every
election. RCV did not replace the unpopular “pick-a-party” primary as claimed in
2006, but instead denied voters the “top two” primary.
RCV is bad for democracy, it grants new powers to the political parties to control
who files for office and rewards political extremism. The “top two” primary is the
constitutional alternative that is most like our beloved blanket primary.
Remember, when you vote “approve” on Amendment 3 you vote to return to the “top two”