“Let Asheville Vote” group forms

In the wake of last Tuesday’s 4-3 City Council vote to change the city charter and return to partisan municipal elections, a nonpartisan coalition — Let Asheville Vote — registered a referendum petition with the Buncombe County Board of Elections today that would allow the people of the city make that decision instead.

The petition, which requires some 5,000 signatures of registered voters in order to meet its ballot goal, calls for the question of partisan or nonpartisan municipal elections to be voted on by the public.

“It shouldn’t have been decided this way — the process was flawed,” coalition member George Keller told the Xpress, referring to the Council vote that reversed 12 years of nonpartisan elections in the city. Keller, who is a former chair of the Buncombe County Republican Party, stressed that the group is taking no position on whether elections should be partisan or nonpartisan, but is acting to hand the decision to the general public. Local engineer Charlie Hume has been named to head the coalition. For information about the group or the petition, e-mail prusic@yahoo.com or visit letashevillevote.org.

Nelda Holder, news and opinion editor

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4 thoughts on ““Let Asheville Vote” group forms

  1. Screwy Hoolie

    A referendum would certainly clear the air of any motivational questions behind making elections partisan.

  2. A recall of the four city council members who made this blatant power grab would do a lot more clearing.

  3. I find it hilarious that Robin Cape, a canidate who gained political power as a write in canidate, would freeze out other people from doing the same thing.

    I think it’s a cowardly act from a self righteous, arrogant person.

    And I think her band is horrible too.

  4. George Ibrahim

    we would like to sign the petition, where/how can we do so, thanks

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