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Ward system plebiscite debated by council Monday

City council will debate whether to ask the public to vote in a plebiscite on a ward system on Monday.

The municipal voting process will come to council chambers again following a plebiscite motion put forward by Councillors Chris Stephan, Buck Buchanan and Frank Wong in December.

Currently, voters in Red Deer cast ballots in an at-large election system where they vote for eight councillors and one mayor.

The change would mean voters would vote for councillors within a boundary or a ward.

The next civic election is on Oct. 21.

However, a plebiscite is not binding and any change must ultimately be approved by council.

In April 2012, city council affirmed its commitment to at-large system by a vote of 6 to 3. Stephan, Buchanan and Wong were opposed.



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