In the United States, a ward is an optional division of a city or town for administrative and representative purposes, especially for purposes of an election. Depending upon the state and local laws, the term ward can mean any of:
- an electoral district of a city council or town board, created for the purpose of providing more direct representation, from which a single councilman is elected; or
- a division used in political party leadership elections; or
- an administrative division, as in the wards of Newark, New Jersey or the six wards of Houston.
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