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Moore's memo continues:
In practical, numerical terms here is what leads me to call for a more deliberate examination. To state the basics, we have ten Aldermen, two from each Ward. According to the 2010 Census, the presumptive distribution of the weighted vote across the Five Wards is the following: 1st Ward 12%; 2nd Ward 20%; 3rd Ward 17.8%; 4th Ward 11.3%; and 5th Ward 38.8%.Pierro's comment after reading the memo was, "It's a weighted vote, and that's what it is." Alderman John Friedman (Third Ward), however, noted that it should be of concern when "the disparity reaches a point where it ceases to be constitutional."
Moore has asked the city attorney to consult with the state attorney general about these issues. A change in ward boundaries would be a charter change requiring a referendum; however, if the current imbalance in the weighted vote is determined to be unconstitutional, amending the ward divisions to remedy the problem could be done by the Common Council.
Alderman Wanda Pertilla (Second Ward) petulantly observed, "If the Third Ward hadn't taken the hit, we wouldn't be having this conversation. Don wouldn't be investigating the constitutionality if it hadn't been the Third Ward."
The Legal Committee, which meets tonight at 6:15, is expected to take up this issue.