So, why don't we hold special elections to fill vacancies in local boards. Right now we're going through the process of appointing a new city council member in Olympia. I've been blogging about it a lot because compared to the regular system of reviewing candidates (at least five months and two elections) the appointment process is short and undemocratic.
Which makes me wonder why we just can't have another election. Here are more thoughts:
- Local school boards hold elections at irregular times for citizens to consider bond measures and levies.
- Again, if vote by mail elections are so cheap, why not hold elections to fill vacancies?
- More democracy is a good thing.
Just creating an option for local governments to hold an elections somewhere in RCW 42.12 would be a good place to start.