Last night, Gossips published a flyer being sent to residents in the Fifth Ward by an entity calling itself "Friends of the Fifth Ward." This morning, a reader who lives in the Fourth Ward provided a copy of a flyer that was left, anonymously, on her doorstep. (Click on image to enlarge.)
The back, to which the reader is directed, merely reproduces the language of the proposition as it appears on the ballot, with a giant check mark over the circle under NO, which, of course, you should fill in completely rather than marking with a check if you want the voting machine to scan it properly.
This flyer is not as slick as the Fifth Ward flyer, which shows hands tearing at the giant Fifth Ward and carries the rallying cry "Let's keep our 'Ward'! Let's keep our 'Voice'!" Instead it raises the specter of the minority community and the low to moderate income community losing their representation in city government--a claim that is simply not supported by a comparative analysis of the demographics of the current wards and the proposed wards.
In particular, the flyer bemoans that fact that the proposed boundaries place Crosswinds "in the more affluent 5th Ward, stifling the voice of those living at Crosswinds." The truth is the Crosswinds is part of the Fifth Ward right now, and although the residents there have been voting as if they were in the Fourth Ward, their numbers have gone to increase the weighted vote of the aldermen from the Fifth Ward, for whom they did not vote. Based on the graphic below, which shows the current state of things, it could be said that the voices of everyone in the First, Second, Third, and Fourth wards are currently stifled by "the more affluent 5th Ward."
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