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Voters have spoken – Prop. 1, 2 & 3 have passed
The three propositions devised by the Charter Review Commission have passed.
Prop. 1 gained 55.44 percent of the initial ballot tally versus 44.56 percent against, prop. 2 gained 56.48 percent versus 43.52 percent against and prop. 3 gained 84.59 percent versus 15.41 against.
The victory means that the council will be cut from six part-time members to three full-time members (prop. 1); replace the executive county administrator position with a county manager (prop. 2); and mandate that all county council meetings are open to the public (prop. 3).
Approved by majority vote by the 21-member commission, the propositions were developed through a series of meetings that included testimony from county officials, former freeholders, and others with a goal to facilitate a more effective governance structure. The propositions do not overturn Home Rule, adopted in 2005.
The passage of prop 1 means that the terms of three newly elected council members, who will take office in January, will end in May. A countywide election will take place in April to elect three council members, each of whom must reside in one of three respective legislative districts.
As of this time, 8,877 ballots have been counted.
Stay tuned for the final ballots counted Nov. 9 at 5 p.m.