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Candidate Question: Roll Call Votes

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The Liberty Lake Gazette asked all 10 candidates the following question at the same time via email. The candidate responses are in the order they replied. Click on a candidate name to view their full profile.

Would you support the implementation of an electronic roll call voting system similar to State and Federal legislatures for Liberty Lake City Council votes?

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Annie Kurtz

Yes, 100%.

In fact, I stated that this would be one of the specific actions I take if elected to increase accountability and transparency for residents of Liberty Lake. See my full answer here: https://libertylake.com/2019/09/30/candidate-question-transparency/

Here is what I proposed:

  1. Roll call and votes by members on issues published in various media forms so residents know how City Council voted on issues.
  2. Minutes from each City Council and Commission meeting posted the next day on the website and also shared on social media.

As City Council members, we have an obligation to stand behind our votes. We can’t leave the information buried in minutes and tell people to search for it. If I vote in favor of or oppose something, it would be my duty to convey the rationale, research, impact, or data that support my vote. We have a responsibility to keep residents informed—the best way to do that is to communicate.

For the roll call, I would like the opportunity for City Council members to give context for their vote rather than leaving the residents to make assumptions because they don’t have information.

In addition to my suggestion of a roll call, I would advocate for development of a dashboard on our website under the City Council button. This dashboard could have information that citizens are interested in such as attendance, roll call, etc. We need to increase confidence, trust, transparency, and most importantly accountability—and we can begin to do that with data and open communication.

Would you support the implementation of an electronic roll call voting system similar to State and Federal legislatures for Liberty Lake City Council votes?

Mayor Steve Peterson
Steve Peterson

Absolutely! I believe as we go forward with our implementation of quality Council meeting coverage this should and will be included in the 2020 Mayors Budget! It would definitely allow the public to visualize how each council member votes on all items.

Would you support the implementation of an electronic roll call voting system similar to State and Federal legislatures for Liberty Lake City Council votes?

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Bob Moore

In the past I have occasionally requested a Roll Call vote on various issues, particularly when I wanted to hear comments from each Council members on their respective positions. This is important for transparency purposes and to document specifically how each member voted.

I have no objection to electronic voting, as long as the Council member is publicly present at the meeting and still has the opportunity to express their position on the issue.
Now that we’re broadcasting the Council meetings on Facebook, there is a lot move public transparency and documentation on how everyone votes on various issues!

Would you support the implementation of an electronic roll call voting system similar to State and Federal legislatures for Liberty Lake City Council votes?

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Holly Woodruff

Yes! I have no problem with going on the record with my vote. I can’t imagine any council member would. This is a key piece to transparency, especially when the vote is not unanimous.

As I pointed out in my answer to the transparency question, I will share why I vote the way I do (in accordance with any limits on confidentiality) in order to keep our citizens as informed as possible.

I’m happy to answer any other questions or meet with you to talk. Email me at WoodruffForCouncil@gmail.com or call me at 765-977-3611. And please exercise your right to vote!

Would you support the implementation of an electronic roll call voting system similar to State and Federal legislatures for Liberty Lake City Council votes?

Shane Brickner

Yes. I’m all for it to help create more transparency. We want the community to know what we’re doing, and why we’re voting the way we are.

Would you support the implementation of an electronic roll call voting system similar to State and Federal legislatures for Liberty Lake City Council votes?

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Phil Folyer

I would be in favor of any type of council vote recording efforts that are cost effective and best address the concern. I believe it would be helpful to have record of council member voting for citizen reference that pertain to substantial action items that may impact the city. Most votes are unanimous regarding routine business of the city or general meeting actions. Finding a system that provides the data without slowing down the process, considers best use of funds and is easily understood should be the focus for any potential remedy.
Thank you,Please vote Phil Folyer, City of Liberty Lake position 1

Would you support the implementation of an electronic roll call voting system similar to State and Federal legislatures for Liberty Lake City Council votes?

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Cris Kaminskas
I support roll call voting, especially for things like ordinances, resolutions, spending. I don’t find it necessary for agenda approvals, motions to excuse members, etc. With regards to investing in an electronic system, I would not support spending money on a system like that. There are only seven of us to keep track of, not hundreds. It doesn’t take that long to note who voted for or against a motion.

Would you support the implementation of an electronic roll call voting system similar to State and Federal legislatures for Liberty Lake City Council votes?

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DG Garcia
I would support the implementation of an electronic roll call voting system similar to the system currently being utilized by the City of Spokane’s municipality. The City of Spokane uses a simplified version of the State and Federal roll call system.

Spokane’s system makes it very easy for an individual to track the votes of each member and it provides for a higher degree of transparency. It is a way that the council would remain accountable to their constituents. The importance of having an electronic roll call system is that their constituents do not have to rely on their memory on how the City Council Member voted on any given issue. It would provide constituents with immediate access to the voting record.


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