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Changes to council elections considered

Proposals to change the way the Maui County Council is elected are among the possible amendments to the County Charter that will be discussed at 9 a.m. Thursday by the Charter Commission.

One potential amendment would change the election process from the current system in which residents can vote for council members in all nine districts to a system of multidistrict electoral pods.

There is also a proposal for a system of equally proportioned single-member districts.

The commission is also considering shifting council elections to a ranked-choice voting system.

If time permits, the commission may also take up proposals to change the county’s current budgetary process along with proposals dealing with ethics.

The meeting is being held online via BlueJeans, and testimony will be accepted.

To offer thoughts and suggestions for the commission, visit mauicounty.checkboxonline.com/amendments. Written testimony may be sent via email to Charter.Commission@mauicounty.gov.

To join the meeting, visit bluejeans.com/422626918 or dial in toll free at (408) 915-6290 and enter meeting ID 422 626 918.

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