St. Paul Charter Commission: Lack of public process on Ranked Choice Voting

Saint Paul STRONG

NEWS RELEASE

February 25, 2017

It has been brought to our attention that members of the Saint Paul Charter Commission will be discussing a ballot measure proposal that would set in motion the repeal of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) at the Charter Review Committee meeting this Monday, February 27, 4:30pm at City Hall Room 220 . While Saint Paul STRONG doesn't take a position on RCV, we are concerned about the lack of public process on this issue.

Here are some important process questions to consider:


When was the meeting set? How was it noticed? Is there a public hearing?

And this leads us to other questions:

Who appoints the Charter Commission? Are commissioners appointed by the Ramsey County Chief Judge with no city involvement?

How long have commissioners been serving on the commission? Are there no term limits?

Who staffs the commission?

How does a person apply?

Here is the list of commissioners:

  • Rich Kramer (Chair)

  • Debbi Montgomery

  • Kathi Donnelly-Cohen

  • Bridget Faricy

  • Amy Filice

  • George Johnson

  • John Kirr

  • Joyce Maddox

  • David Maeda

  • Gladys Morton

  • Virginia Rybin

  • Brian Alton

  • Chuck Repke

  • Rick Varco


Background info:
Putting RCV on the ballot was done by a citizen group working for two years and gathering thousands of petitions to get it on the ballot. And now, with virtually no public notice, the Charter Commission seems poised to put the question to undo RCV on the November 2017 ballot.

John Mannillo, Saint Paul STRONG spokesperson

651 292-8306

Saint Paul STRONG, as a group, does not take positions on any issues. We are a nonpartisan community-led organization dedicated to improving open and representative government in Saint Paul by encouraging and supporting open and transparent public processes at City Hall, engaging and empowering resident participation, and building a stronger, more inclusive Saint Paul.

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