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District representation to be on November ballot

August 13th, 2010 . by admin

The Naperville Voter Education League submitted 2,640 signatures of the required 1,895, according to the Clerk’s Office, to get the question regarding district representation for councilmen on the ballot for November.

The amount of signatures obtained proves that Naperville’s citizens want to have their voices heard on this issue at election time. The question will read, “Shall the city of Naperville elect part of the councilmen at large and part of the councilmen from districts with staggered four year terms and biennial elections?”

Councilmen currently serve at large, with no rules to where they live, and each represent roughly 150,000 people. If voters chose districts, councilmen would have to live within the city limits of the district they represent to ensure geographical representation of roughly 30,000 constituents.

“Our hope is that if the vote is in favor of districts, there will be plenty of time to vet the district lines,” said NVEL’s Bill Eagan. “Our organization worked diligently to gather the required number of signatures for the citizens of Naperville to consider this issue. We couldn’t have done it without the people who stood up and said they wanted their right to be heard on the issue and they will be heard this November.”

The mission of the Naperville Voter Education League is to facilitate discussions of issues among Naperville voters in an impartial manner and to provide a forum in which all related facts and positions may be shared. The NVEL will continue to host town hall meetings to help better educate the public and provide a forum for discussion on the subject, prior to it being voted on the November election ballot.

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