City of Alton Government
Home rule government was established through a City Charter approved by the majority vote of the qualified voters of the City of Alton in the May 2006 election. The City Charter is to Alton like the Constitution is to the United Sates and depicts all powers of city officials and offices. This is important because citizens established the system of rule in Alton. This means voting residents can amend that system by majority vote in an election. Locally-elected officials make local laws called ordinances which are viewable by contacting the City Secretary in City Hall.