Editorial: Approve charter

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By The Staff

The Las Vegas City Council will likely consider a proposed city charter at its meeting today. Then it would go to voters in the March 2 municipal election.

The charter serves as the city’s constitution. The existing one has been in effect since the two Las Vegases joined nearly four decades ago.

Under the proposed charter, the city would be considered a home-rule community. That means it would have more latitude to form the city government it desires, rather than following state-imposed restrictions.

Members of the council have debated whether to hold separate runoff elections or institute a system in which voters rank candidates through an “instant runoff” system. Either way, the community would come up with candidates who have majority support. Currently, most candidates win with just a plurality.

We hope the council approves the proposed charter so that the public gets a chance to vote on it.