Here's what you need to know to decide how to vote on San Francisco's Proposition D.

Prop D - San Francisco Vacancy Appointments

ICYMI: the 2016 election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, with early voting kicking off at San Francisco’s City Hall on Tuesday, October 11.

In addition to voting for officials at the local, state, and national level, San Franciscans will face a decision on 17 state ballot initiatives and 25 local propositions.

Not sure how to vote on Proposition D? We hope the brief voter guide below will help you decide!

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What Is Prop D?

Prop D would change the process for making vacancy appointments in the City and County of San Francisco.

If passed, the proposition would require the Mayor to make a temporary appointment to fill a vacancy of a local elected office within 28 days.

The fine print:

  • The city must hold an election to fill a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors
    • within 126-154 days, if no city election is currently scheduled.
    • within 180 days if another election is already scheduled.
  • An individual appointed to fill a temporary vacancy on the Board of Supervisors cannot run in the election held to fill that vacancy for the remainder of the term.

Who Supports Prop D?

Key supporters of Proposition D include: Supervisors John Avalos, Eric Mar, David Campos, Jane Kim, Aaron Peskin, and Norman Yee.

Supporters argue that Prop D would limit Mayoral appointments for vacant elected office and prevent using appointments as a “stepping stone.”

Who Opposes Prop D?

Key opponents of Prop D include: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who served as the Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.

Opponents argue that the proposition would prevent the Mayor from making supervisorial appointments with an eye toward the future and could make a temporary vacancy unappealing to the best candidates.

Learn More about Prop D

To learn more, read the full text of Proposition D.

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