Common Cause is currently backing a proposal to replace an appointed clerk and recorder, and a non-partisan election commission with an partisan elected clerk and recorder to run elections. I'll offer just a couple of words regarding why it is a bad idea to have a partisan elected official run elections: Katherine Harris.
Colorado's recent experience with partisan elected officials running elections and the ministerial duties of the parallel office of Secretary of State is equally dismal.
Sometimes the problem isn't the system, sometimes it is simply officials who aren't up to the task. Common cause would be better served by recruiting good candidates to the current commission.