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Election Terms You Should Know

CCA -- Cambridge Civic Association. One of Cambridge’s largest political organizations, the CCA is the traditional stronghold of progressive politics.

CCURE -- Cambridge Citizens for Rent Equity. A pro rent control organization which attempted to place a rent control question on this year’s ballot.

EFZ -- Eviction Free Zone. Another of Cambridge’s tenant advocacy groups. The EFZ is planning the return of rent control by state-wide ballot initiative in 2000.

PR -- Proportional Representation. Cambridge’s system of voting which ensures a council seat to any candidate which receives at least 10 percent of the vote. Under PR voters rank their candidates in order of preference. Up to nine candidates may be ranked.

To determine the council, a quota is first established at 10 percent of the total ballots cast. Candidates who “reach quota” by receiving enough first place votes are elected. Any extra votes they receive are distributed to other candidates. The process continues by eliminating the low vote getter at each stage in the count and redistributing votes until nine councilors are elected.

Rent Control -- Regulation of rents by government. Eliminated in 1995 by a statewide ballot question.