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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Vacancy AppointmentsCharter Amendment

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November 8, 2016California General Election

City and County of San Francisco
Measure D Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Failing

163,642 votes yes (47.57%)

180,369 votes no (52.43%)

Shall the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco be amended to require the Department of Elections to hold a special election when there is a vacancy in the Office of Member of the Board of Supervisors, unless a regularly scheduled election will be held within 180 days of the vacancy; provide that the Mayor shall appoint an interim Supervisor to fill a supervisorial vacancy until an election is held to fill that vacancy, with the interim Supervisor being ineligible to compete in that election; and require the Mayor to fill vacancies in all local elective offices within 28 days of the vacancy?

Summary

The Way It Is Now: When a vacancy occurs in a local elected office, the Mayor must appoint a qualified person to fill the vacant office temporarily. These local elected offices are Assessor-Recorder, City Attorney, District Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff, Treasurer, and members of the Board of Supervisors, the Board of Education and the Community College Board of Trustees. The Mayor does not have a deadline for making these temporary appointments. 

The City fills the vacancy for the remainder of the term of office by holding an election, which generally occurs on the date of the next scheduled City election. The person appointed by the Mayor to temporarily fill a vacancy may run in the election.

The Proposal: Proposition D is a Charter amendment that would require the Mayor to make a temporary appointment to fill any vacancy in a local elected office within 28 days of the date the office becomes vacant.

Proposition D would establish new procedures for filling a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors. The Mayor would continue to make a temporary appointment to fill the vacancy until the City holds an election. The temporary appointee could not run in the election held to fill that vacancy.

The City would be required to hold an election to fill a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors on a date determined by the following rules:

• within 126 to 154 days if there is no City election scheduled, or

• within 180 days if another election is already scheduled within that period, or

• more than 180 days later if requested by the Director of Elections and approved by the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors. 

— Ballot Simplification Committee

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City Controller Ben Rosenfield has issued the following statement on the fiscal impact of Proposition D:

Should the proposed charter amendment be approved by the voters, in my opinion, it would moderately increase the cost of government.

 

Over a typical election cycle of four years, the amendment could be expected to result in at least one additional special election for a seat on the Board of Supervisors that would not have otherwise occurred. Based on Department of Elections’ costs, there would be an estimated expense of approximately $340,000 for the City to hold a special election in a supervisorial district as triggered by the proposed amendment. 

YES vote means

If you vote “yes,” you want to amend the Charter to:

• require the Mayor to make a temporary appointment to fill a vacancy in a local elected office within 28 days of the date of the vacancy;

• provide that the person who temporarily fills a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors cannot run in the election held to fill that vacancy for the remainder of the term; and

• require the City to hold an election to fill a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors within 126 to 154 days if there is no City election scheduled, within 180 days if another election is already scheduled within that period, or more than 180 days later if requested by the Director of Elections and approved by the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors.

NO vote means

If you vote “no,” you do not want to make these changes.

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