Charter Commission Minutes

April 29, 2008

The Hopkins Charter Commission met on April 29.  Present were Commission members Dorothy Boen, Roger Gross, Fran Hesch, Roger Johnson, Steve Lewis, Emily Wallace-Jackson, David Day, Karen Jensen, Jerre Miller, and Jannina Aristy.

The meeting was brought to order at 6:37 p.m. by the Chair of the Commission, Roger Gross.

Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Commissioner Wallace-Jackson moved and Commissioner Jensen seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the April 24, 2007 meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.

Election of Chair and Vice-Chair

Commissioner Hesch nominated Commissioner Wallace-Jackson for Chair.  Commissioner Day seconded the nomination.  Commissioner Wallace-Jackson was elected Chair by a unanimous vote.

Commissioner Miller nominated Commissioner Jensen for Vice-Chair.  Commissioner Lewis seconded the nomination.  Commissioner Jensen was elected
Vice-Chair by a unanimous vote.

Chair Wallace-Jackson presided for the balance of the meeting.

Old Business

Instant Runoff Elections

The City Clerk gave a brief summary of the Legislative and Rules Committee of the Ranked Choice Voting Issues Group, which completed the task of developing proposed rules for IRV.  The Group submitted draft legislation to the House and Senate election committees.  The proposed rules were presented to the Elections Committee of Minneapolis.  Minneapolis staff was directed to begin the process for a request for proposal for election equipment that would accommodate IRV.

In response to the Commission’s request for information at the last meeting, the City Clerk reported that of the 854 cities in Minnesota, approximately 788 of those cities elect members of their councils at large with multiple seat elections.

Commissioner Hesch reviewed the work of the Ranked Choice Voting Issues Group, Technical Advisory Committee’s work and hearings that were held regarding RCV.  Commissioner Hesch related the difficulty of convincing the Committee to allow Cities with multiple seat elections to choose other Ranked Choice methods for their ballots.

The consensus of the Charter Commission was to request that the City Clerk contact the City of Hendersonville NC, to obtain documentation of the method of voting that is used in Hendersonville NC.  Members of the Commission would like to have that information emailed to them.  Chair Wallace-Jackson would then determine if another meeting should be called to discuss the method and commence with a mock election using the method that Hendersonville NC uses.

Commissioner Lewis moved and Commissioner Jensen seconded a motion to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned by unanimous consent at 7:38 p.m.