Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Supervote

The charter reform election is Saturday. Giving the mayor and city councilmen longer terms, and more of ‘em, is probably going to be decided by very few voters.

So few people are expected to vote, that those who do will have a tremendous amount of extra clout— a supervote.

There hasn’t been much noise about extending term limits. We’ve been distracted by other stuff. Iraq prisoner abuse, the last Friends, a whole variety of things.
If you don’t vote, you won’t have much legitimacy to complain about the way the vote turns out.

Personally, I think it’s time to take a step out of the dark ages and leave the issue of reelection to city offices to the voters, instead of letting it rest on a formula that affects the worthy and unworthy in exactly the same way.

Brad Messer Commentary, KTSA.

 


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