2008-10-18 / Editorials & Letters

More Letters: Few villages use partisan system for elections

Editor:

Kyle Farmer claimed last week that Issue 15 was 'very quietly' placed on the ballot. That's not the case. At least 114 signatures were on the petitions to change Baltimore from a partisan to a nonpartisan village. These signatures weren't 'quietly' obtained.

Our solicitor was first approached about this issue in 2005. His investigation found out, according to the Board of Elections, that Baltimore was the only municipality in Fairfield County and probably one of few in the state that adhered to the partisan method. The Board also said that Baltimore converted to the partisan method sometime in 1981 - 1983. The decision is left up to voters according to ORC 3513.01.

A more recent investigation found that Baltimore, according to the Board of Elections, is probably the only remaining on-charter municipality in the state using the partisan system.

The partisan system requires a primary election if the number of candidates from one party exceeds the number of positions open. If there were no other issues on the ballot, the village would have to pay at least $15,000 to conduct a primary election.

I respectfully ask what is wrong with four or five people running for the same opening. You end up voting for the person you feel is most qualified, not whether he or she is Republican or Democrat. Plus the village saves the possible expenses for a primary election.

It does not 'lead to chaos.' It may lead to freedom of choice. Exercise your right to vote. You have earned it.

Dwayne Mohler Baltimore

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