Democracy in Portland

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Mon, 08/07/2023 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Portland is embarking on a great experiment, a pretty radical change in the how the city council and mayor operate, thanks to the Charter Commission and a 58% approval from the voters. But will it work to democratize city governance and can city elites be defeated in their attempts to nullify it? Bill Resnick talks to Mike Alfoni about the ranked choice voting system through which three council members will be elected from 4 districts each, the most consequential changes in the city Charter. Alfoni directs Oregon Ranked Choice Voting.

Protester sign in Portland; Photo by Jason Wilson, licensed under Creative Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dissent_develops_democracy_sticker.jpg

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