Last night, the Common Council Legal Committee took the first step in the process: agreeing to move a resolution to have a referendum to the full Council. After a fifteen "Whereases," which mention such things as the Hofstra University Law School study, the difficulty for the public of comprehending the weighted vote, the constitutional norm of one person one vote, the fact that three members of the Common Council can now override the other eight, and hint at the unconstitutionality of our weighted vote system, the two-page resolution concludes:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that at the next general election held in the City of Hudson the following question shall be put to the voters by inclusion on the ballot used in such election by way of referendum:
"Shall the Common Council of the City of Hudson amend the City Charter to replace the current ward method of weighted voting utilized by the City with voting districts of equal population such that every resident of the City of Hudson is equally represented on the City Council and the County Board of Supervisors?"The resolution will be introduced at the informal Common Council meeting on October 13 and voted on at the regular monthly Council meeting on October 20. Unfortunately, the deadline for getting a resolution on the ballot for the November 3, 2015, general election is September 28, so this referendum will not happen until November 2016.
Change happens slowly, if it happens at all.
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