Don’t skip this ballot question

A lot of people did a lot of work to get a referendum about the partisan-elections ordinance on the Nov. 6th ballot. Let’s hope all those volunteer efforts to collect over 5,000 signatures on petitions for the referendum aren’t in vain. Often, voters skip ballot issues because the wording of the ballot issue isn’t clear or the voter doesn’t have enough information to make an informed decision.

To help the Asheville voters decide how to vote on the referendum regarding partisan elections, the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County has prepared a chart comparing the N.C. laws about partisan and nonpartisan local elections. We’ve posted that chart on our Web site: To download the two-page chart, go to the League Web site, click on Election Information, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Partisan-Nonpartisan.

Paper copies of the chart will be available at the Asheville City Council Candidates’ Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., at the UNCA Reuter Center. You can also request a copy of the chart by calling the League office at 258-8223.

The chart gives the “just the facts” about the differences between these two options for local elections. Read and decide for yourself. Then vote on the ballot referendum on Nov. 6.

— Ruth A. Christie, President
LWV of Asheville-Buncombe County

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