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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