Seriously, internets, I need your help. Google is failing me on this. I’m curious as to the history of our nonpartisan local elections in California. Why are they nonpartisan? Are they non-partisan in other states? How often? Do people still believe this is a good thing anymore? Any and all links or books or info or opinions will be helpful. This will be an ongoing research project/interest of mine because I seem to be in the minority on this. Oh, and it seems so obvious to me that, well, I’m right? If I can say that without losing all of my reader.
I can’t find this source among all the voting rights shenanigans that is happening now in the Carolina’s after the VRA was gutted, but I read or watched a piece about one of the changes a county? in, I think it was South Carolina?…. One of the things they were trying to do was make the local races non-partisan.
The closest I can come to this is this quote:
Ten years ago, Republican lawmakers approved a bill changing the Charleston County School Board elections from nonpartisan to partisan — a move that came after a record number of blacks won election to the board and as Republicans were dominating other elections countywide.
The law didn’t go into effect because the Department of Justice blocked it, saying it would be harder for minority candidates to win seats under partisan elections.
There’s been no talk recently of changing back — and there might not be, particularly now that Democrats are enjoying new success in Charleston County races.
I don’t know if it is what I remember, I think the opposite was the case. The VRA changes were allowing the Republicans to make the races non-partisan which would have aided their cause (and hurt the African-American voters).
But that is the one data point I have, and it’s obviously fuzzy. The smart thing to say we all want non-partisan elections, policies should be about issues, not politics. Which is of course true. But there is the tiny fact that these decisions are not made in a vacuum. Here is another data point – Glenn Beck on Common Core.
This is just an example. Free speech means free speech. People have the right to say whatever they want, even if it’s crazy. Thing is, if it’s said with authority and by someone people trust and repeated a bunch then it has purchase in our society. Right now our society has a bunch of craziness with a bunch of purchase and I do think it is important that we stand against them. One place to do this is during our elections. John Fullerton will have some Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh listeners. These influencers are obviously partisan. I think their ideas need to be addressed. That’s were I am coming from.
I realize in promoting putting the partisan back in elections, I am in danger of being characterized as a brown shirt who is always wants decisions to be made along party lines – nothing could be further from the truth. I just believe, and it may be because Dems have such huge electoral advantage in this county, …but I believe that partisanship is important to allow in local elections. It open’s of the dialog, imho. I think the truth is that many people, including myself, don’t have the time to focus on each election so they do vote party line. I also think that there are some fundamental principles and/or philosophies that will effect the day-to-day administration of whatever local board we are speaking of that do fall on either side of the partisan divide. Not all day-to-day decisions, but many.
So this is my request internets. Google has kinda failed me on this. Let me know what your thoughts are and why I’m wrong. (or right)
Is there such a thing as a non-partisan election? Shouldn’t the dividing line be partisan elections but non-partisan governing/administration?
You report – I decide! KIDDING!