Now that this election is behind us, I see one quick, clear duty for this new City Council to clean up, and it’s one that ought [to] help increase voter turnout. The residents of Asheville’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) deserve the right to vote in our city elections.
The main practical difference for residents of the ETJ is the economic tradeoff, which I believe to be fair enough; the burden of city taxes is relieved [for residents], but so are the services that the city would normally [have to] provide. However, this distinction does not nullify the fact that the ETJ is under City Council’s jurisdiction.
Being allowed to vote for those who represent you is the basis of American democracy. Fix this.
— Rob Close