Act now!!! Urge Governor Newsome to sign SB 212 giving cities, counties, and school districts the option to use more democratic, majority-winner voting methods. Some cities already have the option to use runoff elections or ranked choice voting to ensure candidates are elected with majority support. But state law prevents other cities and school districts from using majority-winner voting systems.
Did you know that in many local elections, candidates can be elected even if they received far less than a majority of the votes? One study found that, for single-seat city elections with three or more candidates, the winner was elected with less than a majority over 40 percent of the time. Candidates have even been elected to city offices with less than 25 percent of the vote. SB 212 gives cities, counties, and school districts the option to use more democratic, majority-winner voting methods.
- The League of Women Voters Sacramento County has an Observer Corps for the Sacramento Police Review Commission and we are working on something for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department as well. A screened and trained Observer for the League attends, watches and listens to a government meeting and reports back to League members for further action. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, multi-issue organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. Observers are part of our mission to ensure government transparency and accountability.
- On July 15th our League 1st Vice President, Paula Lee did a demonstration of Ranked Choice Voting for Courtney Bailey, our Registrar of Voters and her management staff. Sacramento County’s new voting equipment vendor is Dominion Voting Systems which has the capacity to count a RCV election.
The Sacramento League has launched an education campaign to educate voters about Ranked Choice Voting. Small or large groups that would like a demonstration of Ranked Choice Voting which allows voters to rank candidates by preference, eliminates the “spoiler effect”, promotes civil campaigning and saves money by providing a majority winner on one election, eliminating runoffs. Contact email@example.com for more information.
- At the August 27, 2019, Sacramento City Council meeting, our League President Claudia Bonsignore shared our position on Homelessness as a reference for the Council's decision on the locations of two shelters.
- The Sacramento League is recently featured as a case study in Vote for Us, by Joshua Douglas, Ph.D. Dr. Douglas’s book tells the stories of “reformers" actively working to make changes in the future of voting and take back our elections. He tells the story of how the LWV Sacramento County led the governance reform effort in Sacramento. It started with the Sacramento LWV working to defeat a "strong mayor proposal” and after 3 years a coalition led by LWV and Common Cause achieved a 5-member independent ethics commission, a transparency ordinance and a charter amendment for an independent, citizens redistricting commission to draw our Council district lines. The Commission will draw new district lines after the 2020 census.