DuBos: N.O. Council seems in harmony over proposed election change

Print
Email
|

wwltv.com

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 6:42 PM

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

It’s amazing how things can change in the space of a few weeks. In early May, the New Orleans City Council was bitterly divided over the question of how to elect at-large members of the council.

That division prompted a walkout by two council members, which in turn brought council business to a halt. For a month.

Fast forward to late June, when the council gave quick, unanimous approval to the same at-large election idea. It’s a proposed charter change, which means voters have to approve it before it becomes effective.

The proposal would split the elections of the two at-large council members, so that each winner has to get a majority of the votes cast for a particular seat. Right now, all at-large candidates run for both seats, which makes for a political free-for-all … and some strange math.

I was never very good at math, especially strange math. Like most people, I get the concept of majority rule.

So anything that simplifies the math — and stops the council from fighting — sounds to me like a fine idea.

Print
Email
|