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Ben Hueso’s not paying attention

May 13, 2009 - 10:07 am

The San Diego City Council’s Rules Committee just heard some information from the City Clerk’s office about the ins and outs and what-have-yous of moving to mail-only elections. In their report, staff clearly said that the city could not do mail-only when it joins the state in consolidated elections, but it can hold stand-alone special elections—such as an election to replace a City Council member in the middle of a term—by passing an ordinance. If the city wants to do regular, non-state, non-federal elections, it would need to pass a charter amendment.

After Councilmember Todd Gloria said why he likes the idea of mail-only elections and Councilmember Tony Young said why he doesn’t like the idea, Council President and Committee Chair Ben Hueso asked staff to explain the legalities of when the city could hold mail-only elections and what it would have to do in order to do it.

City Clerk Liz Maland noted that “as was pointed out…” and repeated the infomation for the attention-challenged leader.

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