Opinion Columns & Blogs

Moving elections just the first step?


Turnout hardly could be worse than it’s been in recent spring elections for mayor, City Council and school board. But will it suddenly get better because of the bill Gov. Sam Brownback signed last week moving these contests from spring to fall in odd-numbered years? Most of the local leaders directly affected strongly opposed such a change, making this another case of a Legislature that deplores federal mandates paying no attention to local preferences. And it’s hard to believe the result will be more voters electing better city councils and school boards. More likely, this step eventually will lead to the changes some of the promoters have sought all along – to make partisanship direct, rather than just implied, in school district and municipal elections and policymaking, and to add these contests to the long ballots seen in even-numbered years. – Rhonda Holman