Monday, July 12, 2010

Should NYC adopt non-partisan voting? - Polls | Crain’s New York Business

Should NYC adopt non-partisan voting? - Polls | Crain’s New York Business

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A city commission is evaluating whether to give New York voters a chance to replace party primaries with what's known as a "top two system," in which candidates of all persuasions compete in an open election, with the top two vote-getters advancing to a second contest to determine the winner. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has supported the idea, and California just approved it for the entire state.

Should the city drop party primary elections for a "top-two" runoff system instead?

Yes. Voters, not political party bosses, should have the opportunity to determine how elections are conducted, and declining turnout shows that the current system does not inspire the public.
No. The current system is fine. Besides, city voters rejected nonpartisan elections the last time they were proposed, in 2003. It's a waste of time to ask them again.

Crain's New York

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