Dr. Thompson spoke as part of an expert panel on the NYC Charter Revision Commission issue forum on voter participation on Thursday at Lehman College in the Bronx.
"MIT Professor J. Phillip Thompson also backed nonpartisan elections, arguing that they would be unlikely to diminish black, Latino or low-income turnout, a common concern. To the argument that nonpartisan politics would empower self-financed candidates with little grassroots support, Thompson said: "I think the horse is already out of the barn on that." He added that nonpartisan voting is unlikely to affect mayoral races, but would "open up races at the City Council level." - Jarrett Murphy, City Limits