The resolution, which the Legal Committee agreed Wednesday to move forward to the full Council in August, proposes that the following question appear on the ballot in the general election on November 3:
Shall the Common Council of the City of Hudson amend the City Charter to replace the current method of weighted voting utilized by the Common Council with voting districts of equal population such that every resident of the City of Hudson is equally represented on the City Council?The referendum is just the beginning. As Legal Committee chair John Friedman (Third Ward) noted, "All the work happens after this referendum." That work includes appointing, by a convoluted formula meant to ensure that it is both apolitical and nonpartisan, a "Redistricting Commission" that will be given a year to come up with a scheme to divide the city into five districts of equal population. Once that's accomplished, another referendum will be required to adopt the plan.
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