SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Syracuse Common Council has given the green light to independent, non-partisan redistricting in the city.

The council held the vote on Monday afternoon.

The decision now means that 10 to 14 people would make up the body that would be charged with redrawing the district line within the city. Some have not been changed in more than two decades.

Now, the measure needs to be approved by voters this November.

“Syracuse will become the first city east of the Mississippi to enact this incredible reform. This will put the power of redistricting back into the hands of the people and will prevent gerrymandering and any other kinds of abuses that we’ve seen nationwide,” said Dustin Czarny, Onondaga County Elections Commissioner.

If voters approve this in November, it will then be up to the Common Council to pass the ordinance that will establish the actual commission.