Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Nonpartisan, Bipartisan and Just Plain Partisan

For those that pay close attention to how New York administers its elections, there is plenty to complain about, including the fact that its requirement for strictly "bipartisan" boards of election often seems to make it impossible to get some very basic, important things done.

In this respect, nonpartisan election administration that is professionalized and accompanied by a clear code of ethics would seem preferable to the current bipartisan scheme in New York.

On the other hand, as this report on makes clear, New York's system is far preferable to those of many other states -- for all of the stalemates that it can create, bipartisan is almost always preferable to just plain partisan when it comes to running our elections.

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