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  • Fact Sheet
Background

Municipal election systems are determined by the nature of the council members' constituency and by the presence or absence of party labels on the ballot. With regard to the latter feature, there are two types of ballots for city…

  • Fact Sheet
Background

The form of municipal elections varies from city to city, with three common variations: some cities elect their local representatives by at-large elections, some by district, and some using a mixed system.

The election system…

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  • Fact Sheet
Term Lengths

The most common (roughly 50 percent of localities) mayoral and councilor term length is four years. When adding municipalities that have mayoral/councilor terms of 2 years, that covers approximately 80 percent of…

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  • CitiesSpeak

Managing public comments at city council meetings isn’t easy. Review this framework to be prepared for

This is a guest post by Ann G. Macfarlane.

In this country today, the First Amendment to the U.S.…

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  • CitiesSpeak

Clashes between the mayor and city council sometimes have a devastating impact on a city’s well-being. A few simple principles can keep the lines of authority clear.

This is a guest post by Ann G. Macfarlane.

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Town Hall

WASHINGTON — October 18 — A quick poll of America's mayors and councilmembers conducted by the National League of Cities (NLC) found that a majority believe that both the Clinton and Trump campaigns have failed to…

  • News Announcement

In just 32 days, Americans across the country will head to the polls to decide who will be the next President of the United States. It’s been a long and interesting ride and as the final Election Day countdown begins, our work to ensure that city…

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NLC President and Joplin, Missouri, Councilmember Melodee Colbert-Kean has appointed a 15-member nominating committee with one alternate that will be responsible for recommending a slate of officers and board members to lead NLC in 2017. These…

  • CitiesSpeak

Youth delegates at the 2016 Congressional City Conference celebrate the National League of Cities "Cities Lead 2016" campaign platform.

In celebration of Women’s Equality Day, we asked the president of NLC's Women in Municipal…

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  • CitiesSpeak

The Kaufmann Foundation's Jason Wiens introduces a new tool entrepreneurs and policymakers can use to identify specific public and private policies that matter most to different entrepreneurs.

This is a guest post by Jason Wiens.

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