Measure L and Measure K (City of San Diego)

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Oct 14, 2016 (San Diego) One of the many complaints in the city is that many measures are put on the ballot in June, when the electorate tends to be whiter and more conservative. Measure L would place initiatives in the November ballot by default, with provisions to allow for special elections or for the council to place a measure in the June ballot.

The city analysis reads in part:

If the measure is approved, the Charter would require citizens’ initiative and referendum measures to be placed on November general election ballots. This means that an initiative or referendum measure that qualifies in time to be heard for the June ballot would not be heard at that time, but in November. The amendments would give the Council the power to decide if a qualified initiative or referendum measure would be submitted to voters earlier, either at the June election or a separate stand-alone election; however, the Council is not required to consider that option.

You can read it in full here.

It is also consistent with state wide practice, and will allow a larger number of voters a voice.

Measure K will throw city elections for mayor, city attorney and council to November. These elections will no longer, if this should pass, be decided in June if anybody gets over 50 percent of the vote. the measure reads partially:

This measure would amend the San Diego City Charter to eliminate the provision that elects a candidate to a City office – the Mayor, City Attorney or a Councilmember – if the candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in the June primary election. Instead, the proposed amendments would require a November run-off election between the two candidates who received the most votes in the primary election, even if one candidate received a majority vote.

It does have a minor caveat:

If the amendment is approved, an exception would be made if only one candidate qualified for the June primary for a particular seat. The one qualified candidate potentially could be a write-in candidate, as qualified write-in candidates are allowed to run in primary, but not general, elections.

It is interesting that those who are for it and against it split along partisan lines. It is also opposed by the mayor.

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