Partisan vs. Nonpartisan Elections
Proponents of nonpartisan ballots suggest that:
- Political parties are irrelevant to providing services.
- Cooperation between elected officials belonging to different parties is more likely.
Proponents for partisan elections argue that:
- The absence of party labels confuses voters; a voter who must choose from among a group of candidates whom she knows nothing about will have no meaningful basis in casting a ballot.
- In the absence of a party ballot, voters will turn to whatever cue is available, which often turns out to be the ethnicity of a candidate's name.
- Non-partisanship tends to produce elected officials more representative of the upper socioeconomic strata than of the general populace and aggravates the class bias in voting turnout, because in true non-partisan systems there are no organizations of local party workers to bring lower-class citizens to the polls on election day.
Listed below is the form of government for the thirty most populous cities in the United States, based on the most current U.S. Census projections. The table uses updated information from the member database at the National League of Cities.
Election Type of the 30 Most Populous Cities
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