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After a successful petition drive, Fair For Houston has been certified by the City of Houston to be on the November ballot.
Here is how Fair For Houston describes the issue that will be before Houston voters in 2023:
"If passed, this amendment will add language to the City of Houston charter requiring that any Council of Government (COG) or Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of which Houston is a member adopt a population proportional voting system.
By requiring population proportional voting in H-GAC, our regional governing body, the Fair for Houston charter amendment will ensure that everyone in the region has a fair voice and fair representation in important decisions about how billions of dollars are spent for transportation infrastructure, flood control, workforce development, childcare vouchers, and more."
It's a matter of democracy. It's only correct that the people of Houston have proper representation on regional governing bodies and authorities.
A good thing about the Fair For Houston campaign is that they want every pro-democracy voter in Houston to vote.
City council incumbents and candidates want the people they think most likely to vote for them to turn out on Election Day. They are not reliable advocates of the widest pro-democracy turnout or the widest turnout just in general.
The Houston Democracy Project looks forward to supporting the Fair For Houston campaign.
Not only is it good on a strict public policy basis, the Fair For Houston effort is a strong boost for the cause of the protection and expansion of democracy in Houston. It's a rare case where the actual expansion of democracy is on the table rather than just fighting to guard what we already have.
The Houston Democracy Project is working everyday to make democracy a top issue in 2023 Houston city politics. Please share word of the effort and please support the Project with your donation.
I'm Neil Aquino