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Vote YES on City of Austin Propositions 1 and 2

by: Burnt Orange Report

Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM CDT

A YES vote on City of Austin props 1 and 2 is a vote for "little-d" democracy in a system that desperately needs it.

Prop 1 will move our current 5% turnout May municipal elections to Novembers, when a broader and more inclusive range of Austin voters casts a ballot. Prop 2 will move the election to November and institute 4-year terms, limit 2 per council member, to be staggered and elected in even-numbered years.

With turnout barely in the double-digits percentage wise, our municipal electorate is older, wealthier, whiter, and often disproportionately concerned with niche issues that do not reflect our broader community needs. Props 1 and 2 will immediately address our abysmal turnout, and will arguably do more to increase turnout than any single member district plan or campaign finance deregulation.

Furthermore, the City of Austin will save millions by holding their contests concurrently with the November election. A vote FOR Props 1 and 2 is a vote for fiscal responsibility and greater accountability of our elected officials to a wider range of the electorate.

We strongly urge a vote FOR City of Austin Props 1 and 2. The tortured municipal election process you save may be your own.

Early Voting: Monday October 22 - Friday November 2 --- Election Day: Tuesday, November 6

Click here for a map of Travis County Early Voting Locations. For all other counties, please contact your County Clerk's office.

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