Morrisville votes to keep hybrid council

May 29, 2013 

From staff reports

Despite pleas from residents for an entirely at-large Town Council election system, local elected leaders voted Tuesday to keep the current hybrid system of at-large and district seats.

The Morrisville Town Council voted 4-3 to keep the existing method in place. Under the current system, the council is made up of four district seats and three at-large seats.

That system guarantees geographic diversity on the council, according to council members Mark Stohlman, Steve Rao, Margaret Broadwell and Michael Schlink, who all voted to retain the hybrid model.

Switching to an entirely at-large system could create a situation where all seven council members could be elected from one neighborhood. Now, up to five can be elected from one community.

The council has been debating over the past few months whether to go to an at-large model after Mayor Jackie Holcombe said some voters are confused by the system.

Morrisville has a unique system, where all voters can cast ballots in district races. The district residency requirement only applies to candidates who want to run for office.

Council members Steve Diehl, Liz Johnson and Holcombe voted in favor of the switch.

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