There has been a petition circulating in the City of Anoka requesting a ward based voting system be installed.
Paul Pierce, Bjorn Skogquist and Dori Schumacher are the only three ever elected officials to sign the petition. Rather than public hearings and debate first, they went straight to the at-the-door limited presentation and signature gathering.
Wards can work in very large cities with diverse populations.
Wards for Anoka would be a big step backward. Council/manager government came about to curb abuses and dysfunctions of wards.
The petition to amend the charter in favor of wards is not a minor tweaking, but a major change. This is huge.
In Anoka a vote for a wards system is a vote to give up your full right to vote, your full right to choose representation. (50-75% depending on how you count it.)
Shorewood, MN tried wards and is turning back. They found a ward system reduced voter turnout and made elected officials less responsive and less accountable.
Shorewood felt that returning to an at large system with all residents voting for all officials was more democratic.