Ranked-Choice Voting Commission

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Committee Charge

Type: Ad Hoc
Authority: Amherst Home Rule Charter Section 10.10
Appointing Authority: Town Council and Town Manager
Number of Voting Members: Seven (7)
Term of Appointment: Two (2) years
Special Municipal Employees: Yes
Staff Support: Town Clerk
Membership Term Ends
John Bryan
Jesse Crafts-Finch, Vice-Chair 12/1/2020
Tanya Leise, Chair 12/1/2020
Ellen Lindsey 12/1/2020
Peggy Shannon 12/1/2020
Susan Audette, Ex Officio  
One vacancy  

Authority: Section 10.10 of the Amherst Home Rule Charter adopted on March 27, 2018 requires the Town Council to create a Ranked-Choice Voting Commission. 

In accordance with the Town Charter, the purpose of the Ranked-Choice Voting Commission is to propose: “…a measure to adopt and implement ranked-choice voting in Amherst.” “A voting method shall be considered ranked-choice voting if the voter ranks candidates in order of preference and a voter’s lower ranked choice does not impact the likelihood of a higher ranked choice being selected.” 

Membership: Section 10.10 of the Amherst Home Rule Charter states: The commission shall consist of 7 members: 1 shall be the Town Clerk or designee, 3 shall be residents appointed by the Town Council, and 3 shall be residents appointed by the Town Manager. 

Staff support: Town Clerk 

Reports: The Ranked-Choice Voting Commission shall propose a measure to the Town Council by December 1, 2020 (deadline extended per Town Council Order #FY21-26, voted September 21, 2020). 

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Adoption: The Town Council shall adopt the proposed measure with or without amendments within 90 days of receipt. 

Charge Adopted: December 10, 2018

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