We know all the big drama in November's election is about who will run the country for the next four years, but the presidential vote is hardly the only thing on the ballot. In fact, this fall will include a number of opportunities to vote on how your county is actually governed. The only problem? Those pesky charter amendments can be so damn wordy. Sure, you can look at a sample ballot at the Election Commission's website and try to figure out what it all means on your own. But better yet, you can go to the League of Women Voters' forum next week and have it all it explained to you. There will even be members of the County's Charter Review Committee there, who wrote the amendments to go on the ballot.
Full press release below:
League of Women Voters Sponsors Charter Amendment ForumDon't be confused about the new set of charter amendments on this year's ballot. Join WATE's Gene Patterson and several Charter Review Committee members on Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the main assembly room of the City County Building for a public discussion sponsored by the League of Women Voters.A panel of Charter Review Committee members will discuss the proposed amendments to the Knox County Charter on the November ballot and you can ask questions. Be sure you understand what your "yes" or "no" votes really mean about:• Uniformed Officers' Pension Plan changes• Term limit clarifications• Knox County Board of Education election dates and reapportionment.Panel Members include• Phyllis Nichols• Lisa Starbuck• Craig Leuthold, Chairman• David Page* Keith Lindsey,* Richard Briggs, County CommissionerKnox County is one of only two counties in the state that writes its own rules for governance, known as the Charter. The Charter is reviewed and amendments are proposed every seven years. The Knox County Charter is found online here http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=12815Free sample ballots and other election materials will be provided. Public parking downtown is free after 6:00 pm and can be found on the street or at the public garages. For a map, go to http://www.cityofknoxville.org/map/mapdowntown.pdfThe League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.