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City clerk's office to oversee voting

December 19, 2007|Steve Hymon

In an effort to lessen the controversy surrounding neighborhood council board elections, the City Council approved a major change Tuesday in how votes are overseen and tabulated.

Future balloting for neighborhood councils will be conducted by the city clerk's office, which conducts other municipal elections, instead of the department that oversees the local boards.

After a transition period beginning next year, the city clerk will begin overseeing all neighborhood council elections in 2010. The elections will be held only in even-numbered years; the regular balloting for City Council and citywide offices will continue to be held in odd-numbered years.

The City Council also adopted more than 50 recommendations of the Neighborhood Council Review Commission intended to improve grievance procedures and the flow of information from the city.

-- Steve Hymon

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