In Hudson, voting power is based on where you live…
No other city in America uses this system. Just us.
The problem is, each Ward’s Aldermen are assigned different levels of voting power. It’s called a weighted vote and this is how it shakes out in Hudson.
The Supreme Court decided in 1964 that cities and towns must follow the One Person One Vote ruling of Reynolds v. Sims.
After all, when people are given vastly different levels of voting power, not much gets done. At least, not democratically.
There is a solution!
We can solve this by doing what every other city and town does:
Elect representatives from areas of equal population size and give them one vote.
One person, one vote.
It’s simple. It’s nonpartisan. It’s fair.
Voters will decide in a referendum on the ballot
to amend our City Charter:
To create 5 wards of equal population size,
with boundary lines that would change only minimally.
To update these boundary lines every 10 years,
based on population shifts.
Give each Council member 1 vote.
“Legislators represent people,
not trees or acres.”
— Chief Justice Earl Warren