In a stunning move by the County Council — A Charter Amendment will be proposed to reverse a vote of the people in 2015.
The Council will propose to do away with their “fair and equal voting” stand in 2015 and return to an At-Large Voting System for All Council Members. At-Large voting is a trend most juristictions are moving away from… The City of Seattle in 2013 and a Court Ordered move away from at-large in Yakima 2 years ago. This just shows that this County Council does not represent you or a majority of the people in Whatcom County who voted for “District Only Voting”.
The Council makes a spurious claim that each “district only” council member represents 20% of the county and have power to vote on taxes for 100% of the County… When in reality each representative in State Government represents just over 1% of the State and Senators represent 2%… Yet all have the Vote on policy for 100% of the state. The Council wants to turn the Representative Republic concept on its head for their own continuation of power.
This is no more than a power grab by the progressive Council… since from the recent election they found that votes did not go their way in 3 out of 5 districts. These districts were even drawn in the backroom at their request in 2015. Remember Democrat/Progressive Councilman Todd Donovan submitted maps to the Council and the Democrats and Republicans drew Council lines using this as a model.
Attend the meeting tomorrow if you can November 21st at the County Courthouse. Ten years ago the Council did not allow debate when this happened but witnesses are needed.