Hawthorne City Clerk Patrick Keller urged citizens to submit 400-word rationales for and against four measures that will appear on the April 8 ballot.
Three of the ballot measures, which concern the separate election of a mayor, will be binding.
The fourth is an advisory measure on how to fill a council vacancy created when a council member is elected mayor. It would apply only if voters decide to continue the current system in which there is a separate election for mayor.
The special election was called to fill the council seat vacated by Betty Ainsworth, who was elected mayor on Nov. 5.
The binding measures are: "Shall the electors elect a mayor and four City Council members? Shall the term of office be four years? Shall the term of office be two years?"