Charter Commission Minutes

April 29, 2003

The Hopkins Charter Commission met on April 29. Present were Commission members: Dorothy Boen, John Frane, Fran Hesch and Jim Shirley. Assistant City Manager Jim Genellie was also present.

  1. Call To Order
    The meeting was brought to order at 6:40 pm.
  2. Election of Chair and Vice-Chair
    Commissioner Frane was nominated for Chair and Commissioner Hesch was nominated for Vice-Chair. The Commission voted unanimously to elect John Frane as Chair and Fran Hesch as Vice-Chair.
  3. Approval of Minutes for February 12, 2002
    Commissioner Boen moved and Commissioner Shirley seconded a motion to approve the minutes of February 12, 2002. The Commission voted to approve the minutes.
  4. Communications
  5. Old Business
  6. New Business
    1. Instant Run Off Voting
      Commissioner Hesch had a presentation about alternative voting systems, specifically Instant Run Off Voting (or ranked ballot voting.) She introduced Tony Anderson Solgard, of FairVote MN. Commissioner Hesch explained how Instant Run Off voting works. Mr. Solgard explained that the Federal Government has made money available to the states to upgrade their elections through the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). The State of Minnesota has established a committee to make recommendations on how the money should be spent in Minnesota.
          FairVote MN is advocating spending the money on voting machines that would be able to support Instant Run Off voting.
      The Commission discussed the issue. It was the consensus of the Commission that although it was not ready to make any recommendation about changing the voting method for Hopkins, it supported the idea that new voting machines should at least have the capability to support alternative voting methods should such methods be desired in the future.
          The Commission discussed passing a resolution urging the City Council to pass a resolution directed at the HAVA committee urging the Committee to require any new election equipment, which is purchased with the federal funds, be compatible with ranked ballot voting.
          Commissioner Boen moved and Commissioner Shirley seconded a motion to approve such a resolution. The Commission unanimously endorsed this provision.
          The Commission then discussed adding language to the resolution that would urge the Hopkins City Council to require any new or updated voting equipment, which the City might acquire, have the ability to handle ranked ballot voting. The Commission discussed this provision as well as alternative language and decided not to include it in the resolution.
          The Committee voted unanimously to adopt the resolution.
  7. Adjournment
    Commissioner Boen moved and Commissioner Shirley seconded the motion to adjourn. The meeting adjourned by unanimous consent.

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