Why not have Non Partisan Elections in Walton County?

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  1. Dave Rauschkolb

    Dave Rauschkolb Beach Fanatic

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    In the District 5 County Commission race this year, Amy Coble Wise's entry into the main keeps Democrats and Independents from casting their votes in the Primary. Is this fair? Should we not consider having non partisan elections in Walton County? Not only to stop disenfranchisement but it appears to be a more efficient manor or electing local officials.

    Here is an article from the National Association of Counties on the spread of Non Partisan elections

    http://www.naco.org/sites/default/files/documents/County Elections Partisian or Non Partisian.pdf


    And here: an excerpt from the Columbia Law Review

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    Excerpt from:
    Local Nonpartisan Elections, Political Parties and the First Amendment

    Nancy Northup
    Columbia Law Review
    Vol. 87, No. 8 (Dec., 1987), pp. 1677-1701
    Published by: Columbia Law Review Association, Inc.
    DOI: 10.2307/1122744
    Stable URL: Local Nonpartisan Elections, Political Parties and the First Amendment on JSTOR
    Page Count: 25
     
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  2. Bob Hudson

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    Change to a Charter County !
     
  3. Mike Jones

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    It seems like parties on a local level is more divisive than ever. Such an old boy network thing.
     
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    I changed my party affiliation so that I can vote in the primaries. Took me about 5 minutes at the annex.
     
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    Locals generally do not divide along party lines on local issues. Party affiliation is used more and more to play games with the process but I cannot recall an instance where anyone said they were for or against a local position because that position was supported by Republicans or Democrats. The divisions among locals generally fall between how individuals feel about growth and development but the issues are complex and today's ally may be tomorrow's opponent.
     
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    I'm doing it today!
     
  7. Dave Rauschkolb

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    Perfectly stated. If we can become a Charter County and have Non Partisan elections it ends the "game playing" with the process. It removes the power pedals from the hands of those few who always seem to be pushing them.
     

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