THE TYRANNY OF ONE: Bellingham City Council held a special meeting this week to study and receive comments on proposals that will appear on the countywide November ballot.
As several proposals seek to curtail the participation of city residents and city taxpayers in future county elections, Council’s interest in the interlocking mechanisms of these proposals is appropriate.
Proposition 1 seeks to exploit a mathematical problem of apportioning the county population across three districts: It can’t be done without carving the population center of Bellingham into thirds. Prop 1—district-only voting—seeks then to wall off those thirds and isolate them from one another. But while Prop 1 received the bulk of the evening’s attention, Propositions 2 and 3 are more diabolical in construction: If voters seek to explore the contents of DO-3, Props 2 and 3 are designed to forever lock the doors behind voters, making return impossible. Sampled DO-3 and didn’t like the flavor? Tough. […]