A “yes” vote supports changing the City of Portland government by:
- Creating four geographic districts across the City with three Council Members representing each district;
- Establishing a mayor-council government structure in which the twelve Council Members focus on representing their districts, setting policy, and approving budgets, while the Mayor carries out laws and a professional City Administrator manages city services;
- Allows voters to rank candidates in their order of preference for all city-elected offices.
Read more information about Measure 26-228 from the City of Portland's Charter Changes Measure.
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Currently, groups with traditional forms of power and money — especially monied and business interests — have considerable influence at Portland City Hall. This has meant that certain communities have more access to and representation at City Hall, whereas communities that are more diverse and lower-income have less access and representation.
The proposed changes to the City’s charter were developed by a Charter Commission of 20 people of diverse lived and professional experiences from across Portland. In addition to spending significant time learning about effective models of city government and democratic processes, the Charter Commission engaged in processes to hear from communities across Portland, including historically disenfranchised communities.
17 of the 20 Charter Commission members voted for the Charter changes. In making these recommendations to voters, the Charter Commission endorsed changes that would support the following values-based goals:
- A participatory and growing democracy with more voices being heard in elections.
- An accessible and transparent government with Councilors who are easy to reach.
- A reflective government with Councilors who look like the community they represent.
- A responsive government with Councilors who understand your community needs.
- An accountable government with Councilors who answer to the people.
- A trustworthy government with Councilors who safeguard democracy.
The ACLU of Oregon endorses a “yes” vote on Measure 26-228 because these structural changes in the City of Portland’s governance structure will provide more opportunity for democratic representation, access, and involvement by all neighborhoods across Portland, including historically disenfranchised neighborhoods in Portland that are more diverse and lower-income. We believe this will result in a City Hall that is more effective and democratic.