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(A) This section applies only to third-class cities having a population of less than 10,000. The Common Council of such a city may, by ordinance adopted before 9-1-1982, decide to be governed by this section instead of I.C. 36-4-6-4. If this section is later repealed, then I.C. 36-4-6-4 again applies to the city. The Clerk-Treasurer of the Common Council shall send a certified copy of any ordinance adopted under this division (A) to the Secretary of the County Election Board.
(B) (1) The Common Council shall divide the city into four districts that:
(a) Are composed of contiguous territory;
(b) Are reasonably compact; and
(c) Contain, as nearly as is possible, equal population.
(2) This division shall be made in 1982, in 1992 and in 2002, and then every ten years after 2002.
(C) The Common Council is composed of four members elected from the districts established under division (B) above and one at-large member.
(D) Each voter of a city having a population of 5,000 or more may vote for one candidate for at-large membership and one candidate from the district in which he or she resides. The at-large candidate receiving the most votes from the whole city and the district candidates receiving the most votes from their respective districts are elected to the legislative body.
(E) Each voter of a city having a population of less than 5,000 may vote for one candidate for at-large membership and one candidate from each of the districts established under division (B) above. The at- large candidate and the candidate from each district receiving the most votes from the whole city are elected to the Common Council.
(Prior Code, § 32.04) (Ord. 1982-8, passed 8-17-1982)