Candidates are nominated and elected by voters in each District.
The Mayor is nominated and elected from the city at large.
Boundary adjustments are made to apportion an equal number of inhabitants to each district.
District boundaries are adjusted following each decennial publication of the U.S. Census and the City Clerk is required to review the district boundaries at least once every five years.
The maximum deviation between the most populous and least populous district must be, to the extent reasonably possible, no more than 10%. If the then current boundaries require adjustment in order to achieve equal apportionment when an examination is required, the City Clerk must recommend boundary changes to the Council. The Council must establish boundary changes at least 120 days prior to a regular municipal election.
Proposed District Boundary Changes
Staff will present for Council consideration on May 3, 2016 (postponed from April 19), an ordinance establishing updated Council district boundaries (see form of Ordinance here). The Council will be asked to select from the following four proposed options for revised district (and precinct) boundaries:
Pursuant to Section 7-88 of the City Code, any registered elector may protest the manner of redistricting proposed by filing a written protest with the City Clerk no later than noon on the Monday immediately preceding the date upon which the proposed redistricting ordinance is to be heard by the City Council on first reading.
Such notice must be on a form available from the City Clerk and must be filed no later than noon on May 2. The protest will be heard, considered and resolved by the City Council no later than the date of second reading of the proposed redistricting ordinance (May 17).
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