Last week, Gossips reported that the new weighted vote numbers would be revealed and discussed at a special Common Council Legal Committee meeting next week. The day and time for that meeting have now been set: Thursday, February 7, at 6:30 p.m.
The weighted vote affects the voting power your representatives have in the Common Council. To understand why the weighted vote is important, consider this. With the weighted vote as it currently is, an aye vote cast by an alderman from the First Ward or the Fourth Ward (David Marston, Nick Haddad, Sheila Ramsey, or Ohrine Stewart) represents 9 percent of the votes needed for a simple majority, while an aye vote cast by an alderman from the Fifth Ward (Carmine Pierro or Robert Donahue) represents 27.5 percent of the votes needed for a simple majority. Because of population losses and gains between 2000 and 2010, those numbers are changing. To find out how much they're changing, be at the Legal Committee meeting on Thursday.