New York City non-partisan voting measure defeated
With 100 percent of precincts counted, a plan to institute non-partisan voting was overwhelmingly defeated Tuesday. Having non-partisan elections citywide meant the candidates would run on the issues and not align themselves with a political party.
City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera (D-Bronx) said the mayor's non-partisan referendum was a way to keep minorities out of office and dilute Democratic Party politics. Mayor Bloomberg said 80 percent of large U.S. cities have non-partisan elections and still have minorities in government. He said there is more minority representation in cities without partisan elections.
But Bronx Democratic leaders argued, saying that without political support and funding from parties no one could run for office. They said the only people who will be elected under a non-partisan system are those who can afford to run without backing. The initiative was turned down 324,240 to 136,035 or 70 percent to 30 percent.