Gossips has been talking for years about the inequity of the weighted vote in Hudson--an inequity that became even greater with the 2010 census. Last October, a Council resolution authorizing a referendum that would have been the first step in a multiyear process, devised by the Common Council Legal Committee to correct the situation, was vetoed by Mayor William Hallenbeck. This year, a grassroots campaign is being launched, starting today, to bring fair and equal voting to the legislative body in Hudson.
Today, June 15, is the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in 1964 that established the principle of "one person, one vote." Fittingly, there will be a press conference today at 5 p.m. at the Hudson Area Library to explain the problem (for those who don't already understand it) and set forth the process by which the voters of Hudson can achieve the constitutional standard of "one person, one vote." The grassroots initiative involves a petition to put a referendum on the ballot for November, and petition signatures must be gathered between now and July 1.
If you can't make it to the press conference this afternoon, you can learn about the problem and the proposed solution in a video that can be viewed here. You can also visit the website to find out where you can sign the petition and how you can support the effort to establish "one person, one vote" in Hudson.
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