Early voting begins next today for the Nov. 8 election. At the end of the ballot – after selections for president, Congress and the state Legislature – there are four proposed amendments to the Knoxville City Charter.
For times and locations for early voting, or to peruse a sample ballot, visit the Knox County Election Commission website, www.knoxcounty.org/election.
But if you find the “legalese” ballot language for the Charter amendments to be confusing, the City has prepared a summary, in layman’s terms, on each of the four proposed amendments – the ballot language, a simple description of what each proposal would do, and an explanation of why Mayor Rogero supports the amendments.
Three of the Charter amendment proposals involve changes to the City employee pension system. They were proposed by the Pension Board and supported by Mayor Rogero, who’s a member of the Pension Board. None of the changes would increase any retiree benefits, so there’s no public expense associated with any of the proposals.
A fourth proposal – requested by the Knox County Administrator of Elections – calls for moving the date of City primary elections from the last Tuesday in September in odd-numbered years to the last Tuesday in August in odd-numbered years. The change will allow more time for Knox County election workers to prepare and mail the ballots for the November general election in an organized and timely manner.