The Sioux Falls City Council Tuesday night took up the possibility of having a special election in May to ask voters if they want to change how city councilors are elected. Right now, councilors need more than 50 percent of the vote to get elected. Tuesday night the City Council considered moving to have an election in May which would ask voters about dropping that threshold to 34 percent.
“Being split like we are, I just feel that it would be appropriate to put it before the electorate,” councilor Pat Starr said.
“It’s time for us to not legislate how we are elected,” councilor Christine Erickson said. “For me I feel that it’s just not the right place. And so, for that I will not be supporting.”
In the end, it failed 4-3. This was a first reading. KELOLAND News confirmed with City Clerk Tom Greco that had the council moved forward with this, and had the question gone before citizens in a May election, the results of that election would not have been binding. It would just have been an advisory election. But with the vote’s failure Tuesday, that special election won’t happen.