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 September 1, 2020.
Adoption: The Town Council shall adopt the proposed measure with or without amendments within 90 days of receipt.