Notes on City Committee Numbers
May I remind anyone interested that in 1989 there were 42 voting districts, with a slot for one male and one female candidate in each. Therefore, this most grassroots body of elected officials has shrunk by about 20 percent. The First Ward had 9 districts, now has eight; Second Ward had 13, now has 11; Third Ward had 11, now has 10; and the Fourth Ward had nine, now has five.
As I understand it, when fewer than 250 voters come out to the polls in a district, it is liable to be merged with another district. This is not about the number of registered voters, it is about the number who actually come out and vote. So over 20 years, voter apathy has led to less representation.
Why would voters in a community predominantly of people of color turn their backs on this hard-won right? Any thoughts?