Public Hearings on Proposal to Reform our elections & form of government
On March 31, 2022, the Charter Commission preliminarily agreed on a package of reforms to advance to voters. All 20 Charter Commission members supported the package, which would recommend three major changes:
- Allowing voters to rank candidates in order of their preference, using ranked choice voting
- Four new geographic districts with three members elected to represent each district, expanding the city council to a total of 12 members
- A city council that focuses on setting policy and a mayor elected citywide to run the city’s day-to-day operations, with the help of a professional city administrator
On May 3, 2022 the Commission released the drafted charter amendment language for community input and review. The Commission hosted a series of hybrid (in-person & virtual) public hearings for Portlanders to provide. The public comment period closed on May 30, 2022 at 5:00pm. The final amendment package will be voted on June 14th before official referral to the November ballot.
- Progress Report #5 (Amendments attached as an appendix)
- Proposed Charter Amendments alone
- Read our two-pagers on the hearings!
The Charter Commission hosted four in-person and virtual public hearings in May. Community members were given 3-minutes to share their thoughts. At all of our hearings we had ASL, Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Somali, and Russian interpretation available.
Below you can watch a recording of one of our hearings!
- Hearing #1: May 10th recording
- Hearing #2: May 12th recording
- Hearing #3: May 17th recording
- Hearing #4: May 22nd recording
Missed our hearings?
If community members couldn't attend one of our hearings, they could submit comments via a variety of methods. The public comment period closed at 5:00pm on Monday, May 30,