Monday, May 21, 2012

A Good Suggestion: Move Local Elections to November

My buddy Valerie Garner is reporting that RoanokeCity Councilman Bill Bestpitch has recommended that moving city voting from May to November be considered and he has a valid point.

Voting in November makes the sense because it will bring more voters into the process. The hardcore people who vote in the May elections (and it's what, 5 percent of the eligibles?) will be supplemented by people who only vote in big elections and it will make a difference in the quality of candidates and the quality of the message. 

I don't believe the races or the coverage of them will be diluted; quite the contrary, the local election will be amplified. The Republicans, of course, will oppose anything that will bring out more voters and this will. But I don't think there is a Republican on council ... in name anyway.

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