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Greenville weighs changing municipal elections to non-partisan

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The city of Greenville wants the public's input on a possible change to the municipal election format.

Greenville City Council is considering changing from partisan to nonpartisan municipal elections and has scheduled public meetings to hear from the public before they vote on the matter.

Municipal elections are currently partisan, requiring candidates to file their application to run in any given race with their political party, such as Republican or Democrat. Then primary elections are held by the political parties in June allowing each party to elect their candidate for the November general election during election years.

If the city approves a nonpartisan election format, candidates would simply file a statement of candidacy with the City Clerk's Office 75 days before the general election in November. The winner would be determined by the candidate with the most or majority of the votes.

The city says if the change is made, elections would not:

  • Prohibit or limit the ability of candidates to declare an affiliation as a member of a political party.
  • Prohibit or limit the capacity of the parties to endorse a single candidate or slate of candidates.
  • Change the number of seats on City Council or the Greenville Water Commission.
  • Change the term of years for a City Council or Water Commission seat.
  • Change the electoral district boundaries.
  • Change the polling places where people vote.
  • Change the November date of the general municipal elections.

To voice your opinion on the proposed election change, the city has scheduled the following meetings across town.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. - West Greenville Community Center, 8 Rochester St.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. - Sears Shelter at McPherson Park, 100 E. Park Ave.
  • Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Nicholtown Community Center, 112 Rebecca St.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. - Augusta Road Library, 100 Lydia St.

To read more about the how the partisan and nonpartisan election formats differ, click here.

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