This question has come up on a number of different threads but I thought it might be helpful to address it head on.
Under Newton’s current charter, every registered voter has a say in the election of their own ward councilor and all 16 of our at-large councilors, or just over 2/3rds of our 24 total city council.
The proposed charter shrinks the council to 12, eliminates the ward council slots and empowers all voters to vote on 100 percent their city councilors.
I believe there are compelling pros and cons to both systems. But I’m really interested in having a philosophical discussion strictly on the question “what’s more democratic” because I think it’s an interesting one and know that for some this is also nuanced.
And while I’m confident our regular participants will have a lot to say about this, it would be great to also hear from folks who have not yet commented in on this matter.