City approves plan to eliminate party labels from ballots
The city's charter revision commission has approved a plan that would eliminate party affiliations on voting ballots. If the plan is approved by Bronx and New York City voters, it would eliminate party labels from ballots in city elections. For voters, this means the words "Democrat" or "Republican" would no longer appear next to the names of candidates. The goal of this initiative is to open the door for more people to take part in city elections.There is word that many Democrats and Republicans will try to the fight the plan. Many are opponents of Mayor Bloomberg (R), who came up with the idea to abolish party labels from city elections. If the plan were approved by Bronx and city voters, it would take effect after the November 2005 general election and would include candidates for mayor, public advocate, city comptroller, city council and borough president.