After introducing the concept of the weighted vote and explaining the objectives, the Papayanopoulos document makes a "Primary Recommendation" and a "Valid Alternative Recommendation"--the difference between the two being the total number of votes and the number needed for each majority (simple, two-thirds, three-quarters). In the first scheme, the votes total slightly more than 2,000; in the second, the total number of votes is around 400.
Since most votes in the Common Council require only a simple majority, committee focused its attention on that. Discussion centered on two plans: 433642, which Papayanopoulos recommended, and 433626, which committee chair John Friedman (Third Ward) believed was more successful in achieving the objectives of maximizing egality, "the degree to which members of the Wards have equal votes," and minimizing discrepancy between the each ward's population and voting power. This chart compares the current weighted vote with the two schemes being considered.
The intention was for the Legal Committee to make a recommendation to the full Council, but the Legal Committee could not come to unanimous agreement. When polled, Friedman, Common Council president Don Moore, and Alderman David Marston (First Ward) preferred 433626; Alderman Cappy Pierro (Fifth Ward), champion of the status quo, preferred 433642, because it was "closer to what we have now." The fifth member of the Legal Committee, Alderman Abdus Miah (Second Ward) was absent.
It was decided that Moore would ask Papayanopoulos to elaborate on why he had recommended 433642 instead of 433626 and that the full document be distributed to all members of the Common Council, so that the issue can be taken up by the full Council at the informal meeting on Monday, February 11.