The League’s top priorities are good government and fair elections!Measure 26-228 on Charter Reform will promote BOTH better government and fairer elections for Portland.
The League of Women Voters of Portland is one of 50 civic organizations that supported the Charter Reform ballot measure. In-depth two-year studies by the Portland League, the LWV of Oregon, and Leagues in other states persuaded us that the proposed changes will substantially improve Portland’s government structure and the way we elect our city officials.
TOP-TEN REASONS For Supporting Charter Reform (Click here to learn more about each one)
The reforms create a separation of powers. The powers of the Councilors and Mayor are balanced.
Portland’s City Council will be more effective, responsive and representative.
Management by a professional City Administrator, supervised by the Mayor, will improve operations of city services and bureaus.
Voters will have more choices and more power to elect government officials who represent them.
Ranked Choice Voting is an easy, proven way to vote. It’s used in other countries and increasingly in the U.S.
By electing three city councilors from four geographic districts, we can have both geographic and proportional representation.
An Independent District Commission will draw district boundaries.
An Independent Salary Commission will set salaries for elected officials.
The benefits more than justify the costs.
These proposals were developed by a diligent, transparent Charter Review Commission.
See through the “confusion”smokescreen. Click here for the real story.
The Charter Reform Ballot Measure will be on Portland Voters’ Ballots Nov. 8! LWV of Portland presented a Live Zoom Webinar about the Measure in September
Watch the video from this event about how and why the Portland Charter Commission decided to recommend major reforms for Portland’s government structure and our process for electing city officials. Our panelists explained the Charter Commission’s recommended changes. Attendees were able to ask questions via the Chat feature on Zoom.
Julia Meier, the Charter Commission Project Manager
Charter Commissioner Candace Avalos
Charter Commissioner Becca Uherbelau
Charter Commissioner Melanie Billings-Yun
Video & Podcast Available by Sept. 10
The video is posted on our YouTube Channel. A link is in the post at the top of this webpage.
Major Reforms Were Discussed
A City Administrator, supervised by the Mayor, would manage daily operations, including hiring, firing, and supervising bureau directors.
The City Council would grow from five to twelve members, with three Councilors elected to represent each of four geographic districts.
The Council would make laws, but no longer supervise bureaus. The Mayor may introduce laws and vote to break ties.
City elections would use a “ranked choice voting” process that allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference.
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It is time to make Portland’s government more responsive, representative and effective.
At its June 29 meeting, the LWVPDX board voted to endorse the Portland Charter Commission’s proposed amendments to the City Charter. After in-depth studies of Portland’s government and of alternative voting methods, LWVPDX concluded that the proposed amendments will substantially improve our city government. The amendments will be included in a ballot measure for the November 8, 2022, General Election.
The main charter reform proposals are to:
Elect candidates using ranked choice voting.
Increase the size of the City Council to 12 members, electing three members each from four new geographic districts.
Establish City Council as a legislative body, without its current administrative responsibilities.
Elect the Mayor citywide to run day-to-day operations along with a professional City Administrator.
Why approve these changes?
Proportional ranked choice voting can allow voters to elect a more representative council. A significant majority of voters will be able to elect city councilors who represent their interests and concerns.
District elections with proportional ranked choice voting give Portlanders the power to elect a City Council that reflects the population they serve.
A larger City Council will be more responsive to our growing city population. Our population is more than 3 times larger than it was when the current 4-member council (plus the mayor) was established.
A legislative city council without administrative responsibilities can devote more time to setting policies and responding to constituent concerns.
Delegating the administrative duties to the Mayor and a professional City Administrator provides more effective management of bureaus.
Separating the legislative and administrative functions of government allows more accountability. The public knows who is responsible for policy-making, appropriations, and spending.
Learn more about the Charter Commission and LWVPDX’s advocacy with the Commission here. In the next few months, look for more information about how these changes would benefit Portland.
LWV and Advocacy
As a non-profit organization, LWVPDX balances advocacy and voter information. LWVPDX’s advocacy arm can endorse a campaign or advocate on an issue. LWVPDX’s voter services provide balanced, objective informational resources about all sides of a campaign. Across all its work, LWV is nonpartisan and will never support or oppose a candidate or party.
The Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey is a watershed moment for America, deeply affecting not just the fate of women and every person who gets pregnant in this country, but every single person.We know this weighs heavily on the minds of our members and the people in our community.
We are in a fight to make sure everyone has the power to control their own bodies, lives, and futures. Our national organization has and will continue to advocate consistently, persistently, and effectively on this issue. Beyond that, your LWVPDX Board of Directors wants to boldly proclaim that democracy needs women. Because human rights, reproductive rights, and democratic representation are not separate issues. Because in order for a democracy to fulfill its purpose, it must be for the people and therefore by the people — all of the people.
You can read the statement by LWVUS on the this ruling here. Know that you are not alone. Through the League, you are working for positive change.
On June 11, the League of Women Voters participated as a Special Entry in the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade . League members from Portland and Clackamas County and friends were celebrating the 102nd anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting American women the right to vote. They dressed in white – the color worn by women suffragists more than a century ago – and wore “Votes for Women” sashes. Since its founding, the League of Women Voters has worked to promote democracy and improve governmental policies. Information on this website demonstrates the many ways the League continues to support voters and advocate for better policies. 2022 is also the 102nd anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters.