According to the local papers, the last election in Laurel Maryland had a source very low voter turnout. A proposal has been put forth that would increase the number of wards from two to four. Each ward would elect its own representative. It is hoped decreasing the amount of area one delegate would have to cover would increase greater participation in the political process.
I am all for adding additional wards. I think the less ground an elected official has to cover, the better they can do their job. Just like smaller class sizes make it better for students and teachers smaller ward sizes make it better for the population being served.
Another proposal put before the coucil is early voteing. I am a strong believer in early voting. I believe it will increase participation. It just seems likely, the more opportunities to vote, the more people can vote. Early voting is hardly a new idea. Several states currently allow early voting. Laurel Maryland would benefit with these two changes alone.