Bert Jones seeks input on Reidsville early election datePosted: March 8, 2011
Our newsletters are often sent to report updates on legislative work, but from time to time I may also contact you to specifically ask for your input.
This local issue particularly involves residents of the Reidsville area. In 1989, special legislation was passed that moved Reidsville’s municipal elections from the traditional Election Day back to October. This practice began in 1993. Over the years, it has been my experience that many citizens question and even oppose the need for this.
To summarize three particular arguments to have Reidsville elections on Election Day (like every other municipality in the county):
1) It would save money for Reidsville taxpayers that currently have to pay about $6,000 extra per election. People may ask if the extra cost is justified when there are other potential uses or potential tax relief.
2) Participation in the October elections has historically been low. Elections workers report that changing from the traditional Election Day invites unnecessary confusion.
3) To date, no good reason has been given to me to continue a different election date from the standard one followed by the rest of the county and most places. It seems more advantageous and less expensive to vote with everyone else in the county on Election Day.
I contacted the Reidsville City Council last month, and they are scheduled to discuss this issue at their Wed.. March 9 meeting. I have asked for their feedback, and any reasons they would have to continue the October elections (or not). You are encouraged to attend the City Council meeting if you are interested in this issue.
Please reply to this email if you would like to offer your input.
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