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Readers: No Revote on Reducing Board of Aldermen

November 30, 2016 Board of Aldermen, Featured No Comments

Writing this post on my iPad Monday morning while from the juror lounge at Civil Courts

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The recent Sunday Poll was about the size of our legislative body. Four years ago we voted to cut the size in half — from 28 to 14. The change is still more than four years away, but some want voters to reconsider

There are lots of pros & cons either way. Here are the non-scientific poll results:

Q: Agree or disagree: We should vote again on reducing board of aldermen from 28 to 14, voters approved this in 11/2012

  • Strongly agree 13 [24.53%]
  • Agree 1 [1.89%]
  • Somewhat agree 2 [3.77%]
  • Neither agree or disagree 2 [3.77%]
  • Somewhat disagree 1 [1.89%]
  • Disagree 6 [11.32%]
  • Strongly disagree 26 [49.06%]
  • Unsure/No Answer 2 [3.77%]

As you can see above, more than half don’t think we should vote again. While I agree, I also acknowledge we need to do a significantly better job addressing perceived & real voter disenfranchisement.

I don’t think reducing to 14 is a magic bullet, no more than staying at 28.

— Steve Patterson

 

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