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Posted on: August 6, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Auditor Seeks Persons to Write Statement Opposing Proposed Charter Amendments for Voters’ Pamphlet

The Charter Review Commission recommended all three Charter Propositions. Proposition 4 amends Charter Sections 5.40 and 5.60 pertaining to initiatives and referenda to provide greater consistency with state law regarding the wording of initiatives and referenda. This measure would increase the word limit for ballot questions from 20 to 40 words.

Proposition 6 amends Charter Section 8.22 to reduce the number of signatures required to place citizen-proposed charter amendments on the ballot, from 20% to 15% of the number of votes cast in the county in the last gubernatorial election.

Proposition 8 alters the requirements for composition of the Districting Commission. This measure would amend Charter Section 4.41 to include representation on the Districting Committee from each political party with a candidate who receives at least 15% of the vote cast in the county in the last gubernatorial primary or presidential election, with a second representative on the committee assigned to each Party of which a candidate for those same elections received at least 33% of the vote.

When appointed, committees must submit their initial statements to the County Auditor by Monday, August 17. The rebuttal statements are due to the Auditor by Thursday, August 20.

To volunteer for a committee please call or e-mail the County Auditor’s Office by Thursday, August 13, at (360) 778-5102 or elections@co.whatcom.wa.us. Please provide your name, which Proposition you are volunteering for, and your contact information, including phone number and e-mail address. If appointed, name and contact information will be shared with other committee members.

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