FACT CHECK: “Cities with both wards, at-large council members can be successful”

The Dispatch reported today on the economic experience of cities with wards and at-large councils. But there’s a problem. The ward “success stories” are cities that didn’t have wards until last year! Oops.

The article also buries some great information about the impact of the new wards on local elections. A little Googling reveals even more details.

Seattle’s first ward-based elections set new records for special interest and candidate spending.

In Austin, ward elections devolved into a special interest free-for-all.

This isn’t news to researchers, who have found Columbus’ system is more competitive than poorly-planned ward-based elections.

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