Vancouver’s Charter Review Committee considers election of City Council by district

All six Vancouver City Council members and the mayor are currently elected at-large through a city-wide vote

VANCOUVER — The city of Vancouver’s Charter Review Committee will discuss election of city council members by district at their next meeting Thu., May 2. The meeting will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Vancouver City Hall, Birch conference room, 415 W. Sixth St.

All six Vancouver City Council members and the mayor are currently elected at-large through a city-wide vote. The Charter Review Committee will consider whether council members should be elected by district, with the city broken into three or more districts. Options also include holding primary elections at the district level and then the general election being held citywide, or both primary and general elections being by district.

Vancouver residents are invited to provide input on the proposed changes during citizen communications at the May 2 Charter Review Committee meeting, or by email to vancmo@cityofvancouver.us.

Vancouver’s charter was originally approved by voters in 1952. It forms the “constitution” of the city government and guides its structure and operations. Every five years, a committee of 15 citizens meets to review the charter and make recommendations for changes to Vancouver City Council. If the changes are approved by council, they are then placed on the ballot for a public vote at the next general election.

For more information about the city’s charter, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/citycouncil/page/city-charter.

For more information about the Charter Review Committee, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/charterreview.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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