November 7, 2006 - Voter Information Pamphlet
Argument in Favor of Measure L
Measure L gives Davis the opportunity to significantly improve its City Council elections. Under the present system, as more candidates run, candidates can win with less and less voter support. In 1994, 1996 and 2000, the winning candidates together received just 36% of the available vote. Some voters elect two or three candidates, and others none. Many voters feel the need to "bullet vote" to have their voice heard.
Measure L encourages Davis to try choice voting for city elections. Choice voting lets voters rank the candidates 1, 2, 3, etc. Your ballot initially counts towards your first choice. If it is determined that your current choice cannot win, your ballot advances to your next choice.
For example, in the 2000 Presidential election, the second choices of Nader supporters could have changed the outcome. Choice voting lets voters express more, and more votes count towards a winner.
With choice voting, city council winners more faithfully represent the voting body. All voters win representation in proportion to their numbers.
The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, home of Harvard and MIT, has used choice voting for over 65 years. San Francisco uses choice voting with district elections. Berkeley voters recently passed choice voting, and like Davis, Oakland is also voting on choice voting this November.
UC Davis students successfully implemented choice voting in 2003. In 2005, after public and student input, the 9-member Davis Governance Task Force made choice voting its key recommendation. (continued)
Choice voting brings in more voters to elections, which is needed everywhere. Davis can again help set an important example for others.
Measure L lets this conversation continue. Please join California Common Cause, CALPIRG and many others in supporting one person, one vote, and fairer representation for all. Vote YES on Measure L.
For more information, visit -- http://DavisChoiceVoting.org.
s/ Jerry Adler
Davis City Councilmember, 1980-1992
s/ Darnell Holloway
President, Associated Students of UC Davis
s/ Michael J. Harrington
Aviation Attorney and Former Councilmember
s/ Joan G. Poulos
Attorney, Former Mayor/Davis
Davis City Councilmember