SF supervisor proposes changes to the ballot measure process 

Come November, San Francisco voters may have a chance to change certain rules related to the ballot-measure process under a proposal by Supervisor Scott Wiener.

Wiener has asked the City Attorney's Office to draft a City Charter amendment that would increase transparency of the largest donors behind ballot measures, allow more amendments to measures once they are submitted for the ballot, and change the number of voter signatures needed to place measures on the ballot though signature-gathering campaigns.

"The current system makes it exceedingly hard, and often impossible, for proponents of ballot measures to amend the measures in response to feedback from the public and from elected officials," Wiener said in a statement.

The required signatures to place measures on a ballot are currently 5 percent of the votes cast in the most recent mayoral election. Wiener said he wants to change this and is considering a formula tied to a percentage of the overall number of registered voters.

For measures placed on the ballot by four members of the Board of Supervisors or the mayor, there is a required informational public hearing but no changes are allowed. Wiener's measure would permit changes for up to two weeks following the hearing.

Proponents of measures would also be allowed to withdraw the legislation at a later deadline than currently allowed.

The proposed measure would also require the Department of Elections to post online the top 10 donors for or against a measure.

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