Election Changes in Lowell


On the November 5th Municipal Election Ballot, Lowell voters will have the opportunity to express a preference between two potential new systems for electing City Councilors and School Committee members.

This website is intended to provide information to the public about how this process will play out over the next several months.  It is also intended to provide information about the potential new election systems that are under consideration.

 The options appearing on the ballot are:

 Ranked Choice Election System (“Proportional Representation”)

 District & At-large Election System (“Hybrid” System)

Informational Event, October 7, 2019:

Panel Discussion, October 7th, 2019: The City will host a panel discussion about the two election systems that will appear on the ballot in November. Click here for more information.

Please click here to view the presentation given by Lisa Handley, Election Systems Expert and Panel Moderator

City Council Meeting, August 27, 2019

Please click here to view the presentation given at the August 27, 2019 City Council meeting, given by the City’s Law Department.

Community Outreach Event - August 20th, 2019

Please click here to view the presentation given at the City’s initial Community Outreach Event. This public event, which took place at the Lowell Senior Center on August 20th, was hosted by the City of Lowell and featured an independent expert, Dr. Ted Arrington, who specializes in election and election systems analysis.

Please click here to view a brief bio of Dr. Theodore Arrington, the Independent Expert who presented on the election system options at the Community Outreach Event on August 20th.