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As part of the ballot for the November election, Los Alamos voters are being presented with proposed changes to the Initiative, Referendum and Recall provisions of the Charter, and the process for future Charter amendments.  We fully agree with the notion that changes to the Charter should only be made after thoughtful and deliberate consideration.  The Charter Review Committee provided that analysis after months of open and respectful dialogue.  We support the proposed changes and would like to offer our explanations for our concrete support.
We begin by providing an explanation of the terms.  A citizen initiative is a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of voters can require a public vote on a citizen proposed ordinance or charter amendment.  A referendum is a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of voters can require a public vote to repeal an ordinance enacted by the Council. Both initiative and referendum processes are sometimes called “citizen directed legislation.” A recall is a procedure by which voters can remove an elected official from office through a direct vote before his or her term has ended.


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