Local League Positions

League of Women Voters of
The San Antonio Area
Local Program (Revised 2017)

Human Services Position
A. Education
1. Continue support of the League of Women Voters of Texas’ efforts to secure fiscal measures to equalize educational opportunity in Texas. Continue evaluation of the quality of education in the San Antonio area to determine whether or not the student is being provided with the best possible education he/she can absorb. Continue support of bilingual education. Continue support of present position and support measures to eliminate illiteracy in the San Antonio area. Support consolidation of Bexar County’s independent school districts into one county-wide district. (Rev. 2011)
2. The LWVSAA favors the school districts in the San Antonio area producing a plan to promote positive behaviors in students. The plan should include the following:
a. Clear policies of acceptable behavior for students.
b. A wide variety of options as consequences for students who do not abide by policies.
c. Mandatory in-service training for all staff in techniques of positive guidance, including respecting students’ self-esteem, effective classroom management, active listening, and other appropriate techniques.
d. Curriculum for students which includes conflict resolution skills.
e. Parental involvement in developing policies, opportunities for parents to learn positive guidance techniques, and alternatives to corporal punishment.
3. The LWVSAA believes that school districts in the San Antonio area should eliminate corporal punishment of students as a discipline technique.

B. Economic Development
1. Encourage the best possible economic climate for the city and its region, and the best possible employment opportunities for its citizens.
2. Action to promote development on the Southside, and encourage partnerships with higher education institutions. (Rev. 2008)

C. Health
1. The LWVSAA feels that the present health delivery system in San Antonio is not adequate due to inaccessibility. The LWVSAA supports the concept that the availability of adequate health care is the right of every person. Adequate health care is defined to include the preventative, diagnostic, and curative phases of medicine as well as a system for dental care and consumer education in health and nutrition.
2. The LWVSAA supports continued study and support of a comprehensive approach to the delivery of health care in the San Antonio area and other local health issues. Support of increased funding for Bexar County Hospital District.
3. Health care facilities should be accessible to all persons on a 24-hour basis. They should be accessible to all persons financially and geographically as well.
4. The LWVSAA supports a comprehensive plan for delivery of health care for present and future needs in the San Antonio area. This plan should include the following:
a. Input from the consumer as well as the professional in any comprehensive plan for the delivery of health care.
b. Enactment of state legislation to permit less restrictive models for practicing medicine (such as fee-for-service or fixed salary allowable in other states).
c. Continued evaluation and use when applicable of new techniques in the delivery of health care.
d. Use of paramedical personnel where possible.
e. Concern for transportation to and from the health facilities.
f. Decentralization of full service health care facilities.
g. Use of federal funds to implement the comprehensive plan for delivery of health care.
h. Use of bond issue to finance equipment for Bexar County Hospital District. (Rev. 2017)
5. The LWVSAA supports the Bexar County Hospital District and its dual responsibility of caring for patients and of training medical personnel in conjunction with the University of Texas Health Science Center.
6. The LWVSAA feels that the hospital district needs adequate funding in order to fulfill its function of providing medical care, of training physicians and other medical personnel, and of pursuing research projects.
7. The LWVSAA would support increased funding for the hospital district by increasing state aid, by increasing federal assistance, by increasing patient charges and by joint fundraising projects. We feel that increasing the ad-valorem tax should be a last-resort measure.
8. We believe that the education of physicians is the function of the state as a whole, as these physicians serve the entire state; and that counties lacking a hospital district should pay their fair share of the costs, especially for patients resident in their counties. We believe the care of indigent and of resident aliens is also a responsibility of the state.
9. The LWVSAA supports the right of all persons who are seriously mentally ill to have access to services designed to help them reach and maintain an optimal level of functioning in the least restrictive environment. (See expanded position in State Program.)
10. The LWVSAA supports a basic level of health care for those of lesser means. (See expanded position in State Program.) (Rev. 2011)

D. Housing: The LWVSAA believes that there is a significant need for improved housing for low-income people which is not being met in the San Antonio area. The League feels that governments at all levels, as well as the private sector of the American economy, share the responsibility to work toward meeting this housing need through programs and financing to include promotion of energy efficiency, and the use of sustainable materials and practices. The League is willing to support public and private housing programs for low-income people which meet League criteria.
1. The League favors a central coordinating body with the following functions:
a. Keep up to date on all federal, state, and local legislation pertaining to low-income housing.
b. Evaluate such legislation as to applicability for meeting housing needs of San Antonio.
c. Make information available on federal programs and current local plans and actions on low-income housing.
2. Programs should be part of comprehensive long-range planning for the San Antonio area. Low-income housing should be part of the Master Plan for San Antonio.
3. Programs should provide standard housing for all segments of the population at prices within their ability.
a. The League approves the eligibility requirements of the San Antonio Housing Authority.
b. The League sees a special need to support programs which will meet the housing requirements of the very lowest income group in San Antonio.
4. Housing for low-income people should be an integral part of the community’s efforts to improve living standards for all families. There should be access to community services which serve such social needs as health, transportation, education, citizenship, and creative leisure activities. (Rev. 2011)

E. Justice: The LWVSAA supports Bexar County Adult Detention Center (jail) which provides humane care and treatment for all its inmates in a secure environment. Specifically we support:
1. Ratio of guards should be adequate for the security of the building and safety of the guards and inmates.
2. Guards should receive adequate compensation comparable to other law enforcement personnel.
3. A career plan needs to be developed to encourage better selection, training and retention of personnel.
4. Educational opportunities for inmates. We feel that inmates should attend some classes and that the classes should prepare the participants to deal with themselves and society. We support education to reduce recidivism.
5. A work program for the inmates.
6. Parole or bond to include personal recognizance bonds, in every case appropriate in order to lessen the crowded conditions in prisons.
7. Adequate health care for the inmates. (Rev. 2011)
8. Restitution to victims.

F. Juvenile Welfare/Child Care
1. LWVSAA supports the expansion of licensed proprietary and subsidized child care in Bexar County to include:
a. Use of locally controlled federal funds for children in Bexar County. We also believe more mechanisms for parental and community involvement in this local control should be encouraged.
b. The development of more community and state and federal resources which could provide comprehensive services such as those for mental health and mental retardation; referral; physical health and growth, including recreation; and nutrition and family (parent education, family planning, crisis centers, and emergency care).
c. Programs to prevent child abuse and programs which suggest positive alternatives.
d. The continuation of licensing by the state to cover proprietary, nonprofit church facilities, religious and private pre-schools, family day homes, mother’s day out and after school programs. (Rev. 2000) (Rev. 2017)
2. Although parents much take an active role in ensuring that the children are adequately cared for outside the home, we believe the availability of quality care affects more than just families with children. We support programs, services, and policies to expand the supply of affordable, quality childcare for all who need it.
a. We therefore encourage the City of San Antonio to continue:
i. Childcare referral services for parents. (Rev. 2000)
ii. Subsidized training opportunities for childcare staff and family day home providers, particularly those willing to care for children with disabilities. (Rev. 2000)
b. Because quality care depends on adequate funding, we favor:
i. City contributions to supplement federal and state funding for childcare at a level that will ensure quality care. (Rev. 2000)
ii. Financial support for programs that promote childcare for special needs children, including financial incentives to encourage centers to care for children with disabilities or to purchase special equipment needed for their care. (Rev. 2000)
c. Encourage businesses and other community groups to also have a role in ensuring adequate quality childcare and employee groups to consider: (Rev. 2015) (Rev. 2017)
i. On-site child care centers.
ii. Child care vouchers or child care reimbursement as an option in a benefits plan.
iii. Comprehensive parental leave plans.
d. Businesses and community groups should also consider:
i. Community scholarships for career development of caregivers and grants to childcare facilities seeking accreditation from recognized organizations. (Rev. 2000)
ii. Adopting a center to aid with such capital improvements as computers, playground equipment, or modifications for handicapped accessibility.
e. We support schools, universities and churches that already have educational spaces for children:
i. Beginning or broadening programming to include childcare that would meet community needs, possibly including care for infant or special needs children.
ii. Considering ways that their facilities could be used for after school care or used in conjunction with other publicly sponsored early childhood education. (Rev. 2017)
f. To ensure that children’s physical and educational needs are considered in city planning services, we favor forming a joint child care coordination committee composed of parents, child care professionals, business and civic leaders and medical and educational representatives who would identify child care concerns, advising private and public sectors in developing parks, libraries, transportation, and other city services. We believe the city and other public agencies, such as schools and universities, should take the lead in efforts to provide adequate child care. (Adopted August 1990)

G. Temporary Assistance: (Rev. 2004) The LWVSAA supports the following criteria for evaluating antipoverty organizations and programs:
1. Programs should be of sufficient magnitude and scope to make a substantial impact on the problems they are established to remedy.
2. Programs should include participation of government at all possible levels and encourage participation of the private sector to the fullest extent.
3. Programs should be carefully tailored to the needs of the people in the areas for which they are planned.
4. People for whom the programs are planned should be involved to the fullest possible extend and where possible should be utilized in the establishment and operation of the programs.
5. Program must be non-discriminatory.
6. Programs should be correlated, and there should be no unnecessary duplication.
7. Programs should assist people to become contributing, self-supporting members of the community. (Rev. 2004)
8. Programs should be long-range in both planning and funding.
9. Programs should be efficiently and economically administered.
10. State and local governments should contribute to the extent their resources permit. At the same time, adequate federal funds for the establishment and continuation of programs should be available.
11. Programs should be structured to stimulate, discover, implement, and coordinate new outreach-citizen-participation policies and projects.
12. Funding should be adequate to provide for general public information and orientation and to further citizen participation by the resident.
13. Programs should be consistent with comprehensive planning for the entire Greater San Antonio area.
14. Programs should be carried out by personnel competent to meet the specific requirements of their jobs.
15. New job descriptions and new pay scales should be established by the City Council to specifically meet the needs of supplying programs with competent personnel.
16. Support Haven for Hope and additional community programs to address homelessness. (Rev. 2008)

H. Library: We support the San Antonio Public Library System, henceforth referred to as the Library, which provides the informational needs of all citizens, thus contributing significantly to the economic, technical, educational, cultural and recreational growth of the community. For many years the Library has been seriously underfunded. We support the following: (Rev. 2017)
1. The library’s long-range plan to be updated on a regular basis, taking into account the demographic and economic growth of the San Antonio area and the needs of the citizens as expressed in neighborhood meetings. The Library must continue to deliver electronic services, providing both in-library and remote access to an extensive group of electronic resources and offering computer and internet training and information literacy programs for the public. The Library should exceed minimum standard of three items per capita with timely acquisition of materials essential. (Rev. 2017)
2. Existing services should be strengthened and innovative services introduced to meet the needs of the San Antonio area. Staffing should be increased since trained and motivated staff is the key to improvement of services. Branches should be conveniently located and their resources should meet the needs of the community, including the scheduling of hours. An efficient delivery service, adequate for a growing number of branches should be available to bring needed resources to convenient points. (Rev. 2017)
3. Increased funding per capita for the Library. The Library is a service shared by all citizens, therefore the Library should be supported by all citizens through taxation. Additional funding, whether through a city-county tax, a dedicated tax, or some other tax, must be considered. Fees for use of the Library are not a solution as they discriminate against persons with lower incomes, are expensive to monitor, discourage use of the Library, and might cause the loss of some state funds. Although private funding must be encouraged, the bulk of Library funding must come from public taxes. (Updated and amended position passed at Annual Meeting, 2005) (Rev. 2017)
4. We support cooperation and collaboration between the Bexar County Bibliotech library system and the San Antonio library system for funding. (Rev. 2008) (Rev. 2017)

Natural Resources Position
A. The LWVSAA supports continuing planning to achieve and maintain a physical environment beneficial to life. (Rev. 2017)
1. Air. Monitoring of national and state League efforts to improve air quality.
2. Energy. Continuing monitoring of the national League position on energy, especially as it applies to the Bexar County area. Continuing of the City of San Antonio’s study/action plans for conservation of energy and the development of a broad base of fuel alternatives.
3. Land Use. Continuing action in support of comprehensive planning in San Antonio, Bexar County and the Alamo Council of Governments AACOG. Continuing support of planning for a vital downtown in the metropolitan area. Continuing support of transportation planning. Continuing support of the San Antonio Missions Historical Park. Monitor neighborhood issues involved in land use and zoning alternatives. (Rev. 2000) (Rev. 2017)

B . Statement of Position on Local Planning
      1. The LWVSAA supports comprehensive, long-range planning for San Antonio and Bexar County. At every level, there should be opportunity for citizen participation in the process. There should be a continuing program of public education.
a. Ideally, a comprehensive plan should be a single document reflecting policies for development for a 20- to 40-year period with periodic review. A comprehensive plan is part of a continuous process. It should be responsive, realistic, and imaginative. The planning should produce the best possible quality of life within the limits of fiscal responsibility.
b. Thorough background studies and data should be collected on resources, economy, current land use, population and physical characteristics.
c. An important element of such a comprehensive plan is a Land Use Plan showing the general location of land planning for residential, commercial, open space, industrial and public facilities. The best use of the land with the least damage to development, economic health, and natural resources of the area should be encouraged.
d. A comprehensive plan should include policies on the growth of the city and/or county.
e. A comprehensive plan should make provisions for a vital downtown in the metropolitan area. The existing city should not be allowed to deteriorate because of other priorities.
f. A comprehensive plan should include a transportation plan indicating present and future major streets, highways, airports, railroads, and basic requirements for adequate, efficient and flexible transportation. Transportation arteries should be used to unify rather than divide.
g. A comprehensive plan should indicate the extent and general location of public utility sites, sources, locations and supplies.
h. A comprehensive plan should include primary economic growth factors, past and future, with consideration of basic enterprises and suitable future industries.
i. A comprehensive plan should identify fragile ecosystems, historical sites, structures and landmarks.

C . LWVSAA supports adequate tools to implement the comprehensive planning process for the San Antonio Metropolitan Area and Bexar County.
1. Zoning, subdivision control and building codes are essential to good development.
2. Zoning, subdivision and building regulations should be flexible and be reviewed periodically to keep up with the community needs and technological advances.
3. Zoning, subdivision and building regulations need competent enforcement and administration.
4. The League supports zoning control because it is a method of achieving the most appropriate land use for the community.
a. It should be prepared for the individual community and its particular situation. Zoning has to be total, impartial and reasonable.
b. It should be capable of achieving appropriate and harmonious relationship of land and structures. It must balance the common good with the private right to use property as the owner sees fit, so long as the owner does not harm anyone.
c. The Board of Adjustments, which provides the necessary flexibility for the zoning ordinance, must not destroy it by being too generous with exceptions and variances.
d. Subdivision control, because it is a method of insuring sound community growth and safeguarding of the homeowner, the sub-divider, and the local government.
e. The League feels that regulations to preserve natural beauty and open spaces should be included in subdivision regulations.
f. Building codes, because they are a method of providing minimum standards of health, safety and welfare for the homes of the city’s inhabitants and for the structures of its industrial, commercial and other enterprises.
5. Legislation should be sought to enable the county to implement sound planning practices.
6. Intergovernmental cooperation should be encouraged with a view towards future regional emphasis.

D. The League supports mechanisms to protect fragile ecosystems, historic sites, structures, and landmarks. From time to time, the League will evaluate projects in specified areas.

E. Capital improvements, programming and budgeting should follow from the comprehensive plan. (Rev. 1976)
1. Citizens, as well as professional planners, should play an important role in planning.
2. A continuing program in public education should be carried out.

F. The LWVSAA supports the Mission Historic District in the southern sector of the city, which includes the four missions designated as the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park as well as a World Heritage Site (along with the Alamo under UNESCO). It also includes other points of historical significance and recreational sites. Our position includes the following conditions: (Rev. 2017)
1. The adoption of design controls.
2. The upgrading of businesses along the route.
3. The retention of the missions as parishes and community centers.
a. The inclusion of buffer zones to protect present residential areas.
b. The involvement of the residents of the mission area in the continuing planning process, and the commitment that any necessary transition should be made as easy as possible.
c. Arrangements should be made for proper maintenance once the project is complete. (Rev. 1973)

G. Solid Waste: Support of long-range planning for solid waste and management in the AACOG region.

H. Water
1. Promote the wise management of water resources in the public interest with a view to maintaining an environment beneficial to life.
2. Support of cost-effective methods of achieving a water supply for the San Antonio area which is both sufficient quantity and of current high quality for projected needs: agricultural, industrial, municipal, recreational. Water for municipal use should retain its current quality.
3. Support of measures to minimize the disastrous effects of periodic flooding on the population area.
4. Support of sound water resources management with an emphasis on conservation.
5. Support of long-range planning, both local and regional, with continuing citizen participation, to determine the best methods for implementing the foregoing. (Rev. 1978)

Government Position
Promote an open governmental system that is representative, accountable, cost-effective, and responsive to all citizens, and that protects individual liberties.
A. Region: Support of AACOG (Alamo Area Council of Governments) as an agency for comprehensive regional planning. Continued monitoring of AACOG and of Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) programs. Criteria for evaluation of AACOG:
1.The Council of Governments should be organized to include inclusion of all governmental units, agencies, districts and committees whose operations and services to the metropolitan and regional area may be improved through:
a. Coordinated and comprehensive planning.
b. Elimination of overlapping taxation and costs.
c. Elimination of duplication of services.
2. Funding to enable it to formulate programs of sufficient magnitude to make a substantial impact on the problems it is established to remedy, and plans of sufficient scope to accomplish broad coordination of services and elimination of overlapping taxation and costs. (Rev. 2017)
3. Utilization of all available financial and technical assistance from all governmental units – regional, state, federal agencies, and private and foundation sources to further the development of programs. (None is considered primary or permanent sources of funds, and all available funds are to be sought and used. (Rev. 2017)
4. Expectation that AACOG programs will be: (Rev. 2017)
a. Correlated to eliminate unnecessary duplication.
b. Continually evaluated to ensure that all related programs, plans and projects are coordinated.
c. Efficiently and economically administered.
d. Long-range in funding, planning and coordinating, and should include some provisions for alternate plans.
e. Carried out by personnel competent to meet the specific requirements of the job.
5. Entirely non-discriminatory and realistic policies of hiring and realistic and flexible job descriptions and pay scales to attract competent personnel.
6. Support placed on resident participation in all phases of AACOG operations-planning, funding, implementation, management, termination of projects and enforcement procedures. Resident participation to be achieved by both appointment and election.
7. Flexibility of the funding, structure and programs of AACOG to meet the changing conditions of its member units and the region as a whole. (Rev. 2007) (Rev. 2017)
8. Encouragement of the consolidation of AACOG and MPO to facilitate regional planning. (Rev. 2011) (Rev. 2017)

B. City: A Consensus Statement on the Council-Manager form of government as originally adopted in 1951, and revised in 1971, 1973, 1991, 1993, and 2000. In 2001 an update was passed at the Annual Meeting. A study committee examined this position, had several interviews with officials and former officials and academics, and decided there was no need for change. The Board agreed and the committee was disbanded in 2002. At the Annual Meeting in 2002 members present agreed. Position is as follows:
1. The City Council
a. The City Council should be elected from equally-formed districts. All powers of the city and the determination of all matters of policy should be vested in the Council. In addition, the Council should be given whatever specific powers it will need to exercise the maximum authority over municipal functions in accordance with state legislation.
b. The Council should appoint the city manager for an indefinite term and should have the power to remove him/her by majority vote.
c. the mayor should preside over the council meetings and should be the ceremonial head of the city. The mayor should have no administrative duties or powers.
d. There should be administrative assistants for the mayor and Council. They should be appointed directly by the Council and outside of civil service.
e. Support of amendments to the Charter to increase Council members’ compensation as approved by the voters. (Rev. 1993) (Rev. 2017)
f. Support of Charter amendments to fill Council vacancies, including the mayor, of more than 120 days to be filled by a special election, Council vacancies of 120 days or less to be filled by a successor who possesses all qualifications of the office with a vote of the majority of remaining Council members. (Rev. 2017)
2. City Auditor. We support the City Auditor conducting independent audits of all city-related activities.
3. The City Manager
a. The city manager should be chosen solely on the basis of training and experience in city management. At the time of the appointment he/she need not be a resident of the city or state, but during tenure, he/she should live in the city.
b. The person should be the non-political, professional head of the administrative branch of the city government.
c. The person should be responsible to the Council for the proper administration of all affairs of the city.
d. The manager should have the power of appointment and removal over all department heads and through them, over all city employees subject to civil service provisions.
4. Civil Service
a. Appointments and promotions in the administrative service of the city should be made according to merit and fitness to be determined as far as practical by experience, training and the results of competitive examinations.
b. There should be a human resources department administered by a human resources director with training and experience in administration. (Rev. 2017)
c. No person in the classified service of the city, or seeking such employment, should be in any way favored or discriminated against because of political or religious opinions or affiliations, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age or disability. (Rev. 2017)
5. The Planning Commission
a. We support a planning commission appointed by the City Council as an advisory body. This commission should have power to make amendments to the master plan and the unified development code. It should plan to provide for the maximum convenience, health and beauty for the city, at the lowest cost, and with the best use of the city’s physical and social resources. The council should provide by ordinance for the adoption, modification or carrying out of the commission’s plans. (Rev. 2017)
b. We support a director of planning who should have special training and experience in the field of city planning. He/she should be appointed by the city manager with the approval of the planning commission. He/she should be the regular technical advisor of the commission. (Rev. 2017)
c. We support the Zoning Commission, which is responsible for conducting public hearings related to zoning changes. The Commission recommends to City Council changes to be enforced in those zoning districts. (Rev. 2017)
6. Public Utilities
a. Franchises, their amendments and renewal, should hereafter be by ordinance and should designate an agent to assemble and maintain data essential to determining the cost of service of each utility for the purpose of fixing the lowest possible rates that would assure an equitable return to the utility.
b. The city should have power to require efficient, economical management, as well as a kind of quality of service to fulfill the public interest. The city should have power to purchase, own or operate any public utility.
c. A municipally-owned utility should not be operated as a general revenue producing agency for the city, but all annual profits above depreciation accruals, bond amortization, bond interest and the reasonable accumulation of surplus should be applied to the reduction of rates and the improvement of service. However, it may pay to the city such property and other taxes as are normally placed on private business enterprises.
7. Budget Planning & Control
a. All of the city’s revenues and expenditures should be included in a budget to be submitted to the city council by the city manager at least thirty-five days before the beginning of the fiscal year. There should be two public hearings held before the adoption of the budget. The council should have power to modify the budget so long as proposed expenditures are balanced by anticipated revenues.
b. The charter should require that the budget show estimated revenues itemized by source and proposed expenditures itemized by purpose. For both expenditures and revenues there should appear corresponding items, estimated and actual, for preceding years. The budget should make provision for charges, including interest, judgments and taxes uncollected in previous years, which should take priority over appropriation operating expenses. The budget should be accompanied by a message from the city manager explaining it and the financial policies it embodies. The budget, the budget message, and the council hearings on the budget should all be public since the adopted budget is the single appropriation measure for the city and its requirements govern the amount of property tax levy.
c. The city manager should be responsible for administering the budget, in both collections and expenditures. The city manager should see that departments keep within their appropriations and that allotments for various work program are used economically.
8. Capital Improvements. The Capital Improvements Program should have on-going point-by-point review. There should be provision for periodic accounting to the public for bond monies after bonds are sold. Programs funded by federal money should be determined by city-wide needs.
9. Department of Law. The City Attorney position is recommended by the city manager and confirmed by the City Council. The City Attorney should serve as chief legal advisor for the city of San Antonio including City Council, City Manager, all city departments, officers, and employees. The City Attorney should represent the city in all legal proceedings. (Rev. 2007) (Rev. 2017)
10. Recall Provisions. The charter should make it possible to remove any city council member by recall. Ten percent is most often suggested as the number of qualified voters whose signatures should be required on a petition in order to hold a recall election.
11. Human Relations Commission. The LWVSAA supports the establishment of a Human Relations Commission by city ordinance. The commission could be part of the Department of Human Resources.
12. Ombudsman. The city charter should not provide for an ombudsman. The city council and city administration should provide adequate, well-publicized means for investigating and resolving citizen grievances.

C. Metropolitan Government
1. Continuing study of the implications of city-county consolidation and/or cooperative arrangements.
2. Continued support of existing special districts and the addition of a two-tiered, general purpose government with boundaries designed to cover our expanding urban area. This two-tier form provides some services at the local level and some services at the regional level, whichever is more appropriate. Support of a professional study of urban organization for the San Antonio area which could form the basis of required enabling legislation from the state of Texas.
3. We prefer a general-purpose government to special districts because it is more accountable and allows for prioritizing of funds.

D. Voting Rights (Rev. 2004) (Rev. 2017)
1. Support of a mandatory training for election officers and of well-marked, accessible and well-identified polling places.
2. In order to ensure integrity and voter confidence in elections, the LWVUS supports the implementation of voting systems and procedures that are secure, accurate, re-countable, and accessible. (Adopted June 2004)
3. ES7S Ivotronic Election Machines Direct Recording Equipment (DREs) has been purchased in Bexar County. LWVSAA supports the need for an independent paper ballot or other mechanism to assure a meaningful recount, if necessary. We support a need for independent, publicly conducted, random statistical sampling audits of precincts for every election. (Adopted August, 2004)

E. Citizen Participation: Continued support of meaningful citizen participation in government.

F. City Charter: Support of recommendations adopted by the City Charter Review Committee, including:
1. LWVSAA does not in principle support term limitations. LWVSAA supports any charter revision that would ease term limitations. (Rev. 2011)
2. Continued support of adequate compensation to the City Council members. (Rev. 2004) (Rev. 2017)
3. The library board should retain administrative stature (control over personnel and properties) with the requirement that the appointment and discharge of the director will be in consultation with the city manager.
4. City employees should be permitted to be politically active in elections, other than municipal. (Rev. 2007)