The City Council voted today to place an 8 single-member district and 2 at-large option on the November ballot. This is in addition to the 10 single-member/’Independent’ re-districting commission/various other implementationalia plan that Austinites for Geographic Representation (AGR) petitioned onto the ballot.
Austin voters that want an alternative to the status quo can choose to vote for either plan or for both. The majority-surpassing proposition that gets the most votes will be implemented.
Some folks are adamant that an exclusively SMD system is the only acceptable alternative to the exclusively at-large status quo. I prefer 8-2-1 overall for several reasons and hope Austinites that favor adding substantial geographic representation but are not absolutely devoted to an exclusively SMD system will consider voting for both.