A town hall with the mayor of Pasadena City Hall tonight.
It’s a question that has plagued mayors for decades, and Mayor Henry Hunter Hall is hoping to use his platform to explain why it is in the best interest of his constituents to take it away.
Hunter Hall, a Democrat, was elected mayor in 2011, and in the last three years he has spent a significant amount of time trying to get the city to accept a $3.6 billion plan that would bring a new BART train to the city’s downtown and make it one of the fastest in the country.
He’s also trying to push through a law to give people who have a job in the city of Pasadena the right to vote in local elections, and he’s trying to pass a new ballot initiative to require voter ID to vote.
In a town hall on Monday, Hunter Hall said that he’d like to see voters put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to give them a voice in the election process.
“If we do that, I think we could have an outcome where you can actually change the outcome of this city, and that’s really important to me,” he said.
The mayor said that his goal was to put his name in the ballot for a vote on November 6, but there are currently only a handful of cities that allow voting in local city council elections.
Hunter Hall also said that the only way to change the election results in Pasadena is to get people to show up at town halls.
“There’s only one way to do it, is to go out and get as many people as possible to come out and vote in this election,” he told reporters.
Hunter Halls campaign manager, Josh Bouchard, said in a statement that Hunter Hall was simply doing what he believes is in his constituents best interest.
“The mayor believes the best way to improve our city is by working with our elected officials to make the most of our unique opportunities,” Bouchards statement read.
“He is committed to a more equitable city, one that offers opportunities for all residents and businesses, and believes this is a key part of his campaign platform.”
The city has a long history of voting by mail and is one of only a few large American cities that have no voting booths.
It is also one of several cities in the nation with a voter registration system that is limited to people who meet certain eligibility requirements, including having lived in the county for three years.