Tuesday AM Council Recap 12/8/15: Electoral Reform Resolution
At last night’s meeting, Council President Stuckart brought a resolution supporting various electoral reforms, including a Constitutional amendment that explicitly states a right to vote, universal voter registration in Washington State, preregistration of 16 and 17 year olds and the Washington Voting Rights Act. This resolution passed unanimously. I was happy to support this resolution. The passage of reforms that expand access to voting and initiate voting behavior at a younger age is something I’m very passionate about. With voter turnout often hovering near 20% in primary elections and 40% in general elections, we can ill afford to do nothing.
The Council unanimously voted to approve the Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Action Plan that has been in the works for some time now. I want to thank everyone involved in the process for their hard work. We also unanimously approved the Six-Year Citywide Capital Improvement Program for 2016-2021. The Capital Improvement Program is meant to guide the city on prioritizing improvements and planning for funding projects on city owned facilities and equipment.
The Council also voted on a vacation to vacate an alley between Rowan Ave and Nebraska Ave from Julia Street to Myrtle Street, and we voted to defer action on the closure of Madison Street from 3rd Ave to Freeway Ave.