In the final week before Election Day, an entity calling itself "Friends of the Fifth Ward" has launched a campaign against Proposition 1, the Fair & Equal initiative. Proposition 1 would do away with the weighted vote in the Common Council and establish in Hudson the constitutional principle of one person, one vote by redrawing ward boundaries to create voting districts of equal population. In recent days, these flyers have been distributed, apparently selectively, to residents of the Fifth Ward.
The flyers arrived in an envelope with this return address:
The tax rolls reveal that 13 Michael Court is the home of longtime mayor and current Fifth Ward supervisor Richard Scalera, who has claimed in the past that the 2003 referendum to eliminate the weighted voted by changing ward boundaries was "soundly defeated" when in fact it failed by only 68 votes.
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