Notwithstanding other provision of law, including but not limited to Section 11-43-63, a Class 3 municipality may, by ordinance adopted by a majority of the membership of the council 90 days prior to the regular general municipal election, increase the number of single-member districts (wards) in the municipality up to and including nine members. The ordinance may only be considered after two weeks public notice has been given, outlining generally the voting districts under consideration. The ordinance shall provide that candidates for election for a place on the council, where the council has been divided into districts, shall have resided within the boundaries of the district (ward) for which he or she seeks election for at least 30 days immediately preceding the date of the election, and shall continue to reside in the district he or she represents so long as he or she remains a member of the council. All terms of office for city council members shall be concurrent with the mayor of the municipality. Only electors residing within a district shall be entitled to vote for candidates seeking election for the district.
Last modified: May 3, 2021