Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas, D-Bradford, Deputy Secretary of State Chris Winters and Montpelier City Clerk John Odum shared similar political values but found room to carve out distinctions.
Fifteen months after Burlington residents voted in favor of the system and weeks after the state allowed the city to move forward, the council approved the details of how ranked choice voting would work.
After a veto-heavy legislative session, Vermont’s largest city walked away with both wins and losses, leaders said.
The proposed amendments to Burlington’s charter, which have already been approved by voters and are now before the Legislature, would expand the city’s authority to pass ordinances on housing, elections and energy regulation.
City residents will have to wait until the next legislative session to see whether their charter change proposals clear the Statehouse.
Protesters have been calling for the removal of three BPD officers for a month. One of those officers is being offered a $300,000 separation agreement by the city.
Our present plurality-based voting system works in ways that undermine, rather than strengthen, our democracy.
The Burlington mayor said he objected to the 'timing, avoidable expense and substance' of the resolution which put ranked choice voting in municipal elections in front of voters in November.
In a partisan vote, the Burlington City Council voted Monday to put ranked choice voting on the November ballot.
Instead of the DNC or RNC deciding how one candidate might win, we voters would decide that outcome.
City Councilor Jack Hanson, a proponent of the measure, said the council's charter change committee did not make a 'good faith effort.' The committee says it ran out of time.
Proponents in the House and Senate say the system could improve voter engagement and the tenor of political campaigns in Vermont.