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Mendocino County
Measure W - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


11,368 votes yes (46.39%)

13,135 votes no (53.61%)

100% of precincts reporting (250/250).

24,503 ballots counted.

Shall a charter commission be elected to propose a Mendocino County charter?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Impartial analysis / Proposal

County Counsel

  This measure seeks voter approval to form a fifteen (15) member charter commission to draft a charter for the County of Mendocino. A county may adopt, amend, revise or repeal a charter by a majority vote of its electors. Upon adoption, the charter becomes the basic legal document defining the county’s policies and operation and can only be changed by the voters.


  The California Constitution allows for a charter to address a narrow range of issues concerning the internal policies and function of the county government. The charter can be more, but not less restrictive than state law. A charter county has only those powers given to it by the California Constitution and can only enact those provisions authorized by such. If approved by the voters, where the charter addresses one of the authorized issues, it overrides whatever general state law might otherwise apply.


  The charter commission’s sole duties are to draft a charter. Once completed, the charter will be placed on the ballot and voted on by the people.


  This measure was placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the requisite number of voters.


  This measure requires voter approval by a simple majority vote of the qualified voters.


  A YES vote will be a vote in favor of adoption of a charter commission.


  A NO vote will be a vote against the adoption of a charter commission.


s/Katharine L. Elliott

County Counsel



Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

  Democracy is defined as government by the people. This means if we value Mendocino County’s democracy, we need to be actively engaged in keeping it strong. Becoming a Charter County can give us a greater say in how our county is governed, because it can include areas of interest not specifically covered by the CA constitution.

  Provisions of the Charter will have the same force and effect as state legislative enactments [CA Constitution Article XI, §3(a)], so that whatever is written into the charter – once approved by the voters --- will be equal to state law, but applicable only to our county.  15 volunteer Charter Commissioners from around the county, who will be elected on this same ballot for that specific purpose, will write the charter. The completed Charter must be approved by the voters at another date. A Charter may be revised, amended or rescinded by election—always giving county voters the final approval.

  There are currently 14 charter counties in California, including Butte, El Dorado, Placer, San Diego and Tehama. Existing county charters legalize issues like:  Instant Runoff Voting, Public oversight for investment of public funds, the Precautionary Principle, and using pesticide alternatives. The Charter gives the County more “Home Rule” authority where the millions of urban voters will not make the choices for this rural County.

  This election we have a chance to participate in our county’s government. A YES vote costs nothing and obligates nothing. When the Charter is completed, then it can be examined for it’s value and merits. This vote is to develop a Charter with input from the People, and for approval by the People in a later election. Vote YES on Measure W to make Mendocino California’s 15th Charter County! Use your vote to help revitalize our democracy!


s/Peter Kafin



s/Douglas J. McKenty



s/Norman L. de Vall



s/Robin Cole Sunbeam



s/Mary E. Zellachild


— County Registrar

Arguments AGAINST

No argument against was filed.

— County Registrar

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

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