Congress considered a lot of different alternatives for Home Rule. Very different bills passed the House and Senate. The House made some amendments on the floor, and then the conference committee made some of its own changes to reconcile the House and Senate versions.

One system that almost was: nonpartisan elections for D.C. Council and Mayor.

D.C.’s current system includes a 13-member council. Four at-large members and the chairman run for office citywide, while each of the eight wards elects one member. All run in partisan elections, with primaries in May (September up until last year) and the general election in November.

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

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