Today (Nov. 4, that is), Seattle voters are deciding whether or not to enact Charter Amendment 5, which would change the way we elect city council members. Now, all 9 seats are filled in at-large elections – every seat is voted on by every voter.
The amendment would change things so that each seat represented a specific district of the city, so that each neighborhood had a particular representative on the council. This is apparently the most popular form of council elections in American cities.
People who support the change tend to argue that neighborhood issues are slighted in city politics, and that because every candidate is elected citywide, we tend to end up with a homogeneous council.
People opposed tend to argue that tying council members to particular districts will get us bogged down in inter-neighborhood bickering, and that the council will lose sight of big picture issues.
I know people have proposed a mixed council – some members elected at large, and some by district – but that’s not on the ballot.
Any Dopers have any leanings one way or the other? How does your city run, and do you like it that way? Seattle Dopers – how are you voting (if you want to share)?
I’m leaning towards approving the district system, but I’m persuadable.