FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Process

How many signatures are required to qualify the measures to the ballot?


2,226 per measure. The signature requirement is 5% of all votes cast in the most recent Spokane General Municipal election. In Spokane's November 2017 election, 44,510 total votes were cast - 5% of 44,510 = 2225.5 (2226)​ Details: Section 82 of the City of Spokane Charter states that to qualify for the General Municipal election (Nov 2019), petitioners must gather signatures from "registered and qualified electors in number at least equal to five...per centum of the total number of votes cast at the last preceding general municipal election..."




When are signatures required to be submitted?


Monday, June 10, 2019. ​ ​​ Details: SMC 2.02.070(A) states that signatures must be submitted 150 days prior to the General Municipal election.




Do I have to be a registered voter in the City of Spokane to sign a ballot petition?


Yes. However, you can click here to register to vote today!​ ​​ ​Details: Section 82 of the City of Spokane Charter states that signatures must be collected from "registered and qualified electors..."




Who will get to vote on these ballot measures?


All registered voters in the City of Spokane. If you typically see Spokane City Council or Mayor on your ballot you live in the City of Spokane.




When is the Election?


November 5, 2019 is election day. Ballots will be arriving around October 17, 2019. Remember we are all mail-in so you will need to make sure your ballots are returned on time!





Proposition 1 (Transparency)

What is collective bargaining?


Definition of collective bargaining: negotiation between an employer and a labor union [collective bargaining unit] usually on wages, hours, and working conditions “Collective Bargaining.” Def.1. merriam-webster.com. Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Web. May. 2019.




Is government collective bargaining open to the public in other states?


Yes! In fact, in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, collective bargaining is open to the public and in many of these states its a strict requirement.




Why is government collective bargaining not open to the public in Washington State?


It legally can be and in fact should be. However, due to a special deal struck nearly two decades ago creating a loophole that exempts collective bargaining from the Open Public Meetings Act, leaving the decisionto open talks to the public to each governing jurisdiction in the State.




Have any other local governments in Washington State mandated that these talks be open to the public?


Yes! Lincoln County in 2016; Pullman School District in 2017; Ferry County in 2017; Kittitas County in 2017; Spokane County in 2018; and Kennewick School District in 2019. All were approved by the local Council's, School Boards, or Commissions.




Why does it matter if the public can observe?


Democracy dies in darkness. When the public is shutout they can no longer adequately and appropriately hold their elected officials accountable and local workers can't hold their negotiators accountable either. This is about fairness and transparency. Millions of dollars are negotiated in these secret talks and the public has a right to know what promises were made, what deals (good and bad) were turned down by either side. When talks don't produce an agreeable contract as has happened in Spokane where the Police Guild contract has been in negotiation for three years, the public can't hold anyone's feet to the fire without having access to all of the information.





Process

How many signatures are required to qualify the measures to the ballot?


2,226 per measure. The signature requirement is 5% of all votes cast in the most recent Spokane General Municipal election. In Spokane's November 2017 election, 44,510 total votes were cast - 5% of 44,510 = 2225.5 (2226)​ Details: Section 82 of the City of Spokane Charter states that to qualify for the General Municipal election (Nov 2019), petitioners must gather signatures from "registered and qualified electors in number at least equal to five...per centum of the total number of votes cast at the last preceding general municipal election..."




When are signatures required to be submitted?


Monday, June 10, 2019. ​ ​​ Details: SMC 2.02.070(A) states that signatures must be submitted 150 days prior to the General Municipal election.




Do I have to be a registered voter in the City of Spokane to sign a ballot petition?


Yes. However, you can click here to register to vote today!​ ​​ ​Details: Section 82 of the City of Spokane Charter states that signatures must be collected from "registered and qualified electors..."




Who will get to vote on these ballot measures?


All registered voters in the City of Spokane. If you typically see Spokane City Council or Mayor on your ballot you live in the City of Spokane.




When is the Election?


November 5, 2019 is election day. Ballots will be arriving around October 17, 2019. Remember we are all mail-in so you will need to make sure your ballots are returned on time!





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