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City Council to set date for re-districting vote

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YAKIMA, Wash- Tuesday the Yakima City Council is expected to set a date for the vote on moving to district-only voting. 

If passed, the initiative would break the city into seven different voting districts and each candidate for city council would have to live in the district they represent.  Voters could only vote for their district's council member.

"The city council had the option of including it in the February special election ballot and unfortunately they didn't include it.  We hope that they will follow the city charter and be sure to put it on the very next special election which would be April 26", says Mary Baechler, a community Organizer with Central Washington Progress.

The council has the option of allowing the issue on an April special election ballot or letting it pass to the august ballot.