While the focus of this effort has been the question of an elected mayor, they are also considering other proposals. In particular is the question of allowing non-citizens to vote, which is highly controversial. While I support allowing non-citizens the right to vote in principle, it has the potential to overshadow the rest of the debate. If these issues are on the November ballot, they have to be separated out.
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"Residents' enthusiasm was considerable when the commission began its work last summer. But the road to history-making has become a tedious and wonkish journey through the particulars of good government.
The commission has already indicated that it supports a popularly elected mayor and a system of voting known as ''ranked choice voting'' or ''instant run-off voting.''
The commission will have to decide whether to give voters a package for an up-or-down vote, or allow voters to vote on individual proposals.
The stakes are high, Gooch said. ''We only have one bite at the apple,'' he said. ''There may not be another Charter Commission for another 20 years.''