Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Partisan Elections Beat the Alternative.(Final)(Editorial)

EDITORIALS

Trying to divorce municipal elections from partisan politics arguably is a good idea unless the trade-off is officials elected with less than a third of the vote.

The commission drafting the blueprint for a unified city-county government faced up to that reality Wednesday, opting for partisan primaries to thin the general election field.

Candidate fields used to be winnowed down under an Albuquerque City Charter process. If no candidate got 40 percent or more of the ballots cast, the top two vote-getters vied in a run-off election.

It was the closest a non-partisan election came to the traditional two-step partisan process laid out in the state constitution but not close enough. …

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