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About Yes K&L

WHAT DO MEASURES K&L DO?

  • Measure K aligns city election rules with state rules to require a November run-off of the top-two candidates for city mayor, city council, and city attorney.
  • Measure L also aligns city rules with state rules to schedule elections on city-based citizen initiatives and referendum in November.

WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?

  • Democracy functions best when the most voters participate, and that is in the November general elections, not the June primary elections.

DOESN’T EVERYBODY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO VOTE IN  JUNE?

  • Voters cannot exercise their responsibility if they are confused by city election rules that differ from state rules. We can eliminate that confusion by holding the city to the same standard as our state.

WILL IT COST TAXPAYERS MORE MONEY TO PUSH FINAL ELECTIONS TO  NOVEMBER?

  • According to the City’s Independent Budget Analyst, Measure K would only cost a few cents more per voter than the current system.
  • There would be no additional cost for Measure L.

WON’T THESE MEASURES EXTEND CAMPAIGNS UNNECESSARILY?

  • This is about making our democracy work. This is not about speed or expediency.

IF WE ARE TRYING SOMETHING NEW, SHOULD WE CONSIDER OTHER VOTING SYSTEMS?

  • These charter amendments are not about trying out something new. They are about conforming to state election standards to avoid voter confusion and maximize voter participation.

WERE THESE MEASURES RUSHED ONTO THE BALLOT?

  • The measures followed the normal process through city council, just as other city ballot measures. Claims that these were rushed are not supported by the facts.
  • Proponents are moving them forward now because 2016 has been designated as the year torecommend changes to the City Charter. This is the right time to do this.

WHO IS BEHIND THIS EFFORT?

  • Measures K&L were introduced by a community organization, Alliance San Diego Mobilization Fund, and a voting rights organization, Independent Voter Project. They were championed by City Council President Sherri Lightner and placed on the November 2016 ballot by City Council.

Measures K&L ensure big decisions are made by a majority of voters

The city’s current system allows candidates to win elections in the June primary with votes from a small fraction of the people they represent. As few as 20 percent of voters cast ballots in June elections. Measure K ensures final decisions on candidates are made in November, when as many as 80 percent of voters cast ballots. For the same reason, Measure L schedules decisions on city ballot measures in November, when the most people vote.

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