Q What are the steps to take to change from a ward system of electing aldermen to an entirely at-large system?

A The governing authorities of a code charter municipality may, by ordinance, change the municipal voting system from a four-ward, one at-large system back to an at-large system. However, an at-large system cannot be conceived or operated to minimize or cancel out voting strength of racial or political elements of the voting population. The U.S. District Court in Stewart v. Waller, 404 F. Supp. 206 (N.D. Miss. 1975) cautioned that an at-large election system may be susceptible to constitutional challenge whenever it operates to minimize or cancel out voting strength of racial or political elements of the voting population and that at-large voting schemes cannot stand constitutional test when they are shown to have been conceived or operated as purposeful devices to further racial discrimination or where state policy behind multimember districting is rooted in racial discrimination. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Miller, January 20, 2017)