GOVERNMENT—Voter Representation/Electoral Process

GOVERNMENT—Voter Representation/Electoral Process

The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County promotes an open governmental system that is representative, accountable and responsive.
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Adopted at the May 20, 2019, Annual Meeting

Voter Representation/Electoral Process (adopted 2019)

The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County promotes an open governmental system that is representative, accountable and responsive. (LWVUS) We encourage electoral methods that provide the broadest voter representation possible. Whether for single or multiple winner contests, the League supports electoral systems that:

  • Encourage voter participation and voter engagement
  • Encourage those with minority opinions to participate, including under-represented       communities
  • Are verifiable and auditable
  • Promote access to voting
  • Maximize effective votes/minimize “wasted” votes
  • Promote sincere voting over strategic voting
  • Require the winner receive a majority of the votes for executive and other single seat offices
  • Are compatible with acceptable ballot-casting methods, including vote-by-mail

The LWVSC believes in representative government. The League supports electoral systems for city or county policy-making bodies–-councils, commissions, and boards—that proportionally reflect the people they represent. We support systems that inhibit political manipulation (e.g. gerrymandering).

With the adoption of any electoral system, the League believes that education of the voting public is important and funding for startup and voter education should be available. We encourage a concerted voter education process.

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Sacramento County