Consider This: Wilmington Elections

Well, the City of Wilmington municipal election is behind us, not really, but I'll get to that in a second.

First, I think we should thank the three incumbents and twelve challengers who invested their time, energy and money to run for office. Their passion and commitment to making Wilmington a better place to live is commendable.

Congratulations to Laura Padgett and Bill Saffo on their re-election, but just when you thought it was over, city residents are facing a potential run-off election in November for the two remaining council seats.

Surely, there must be a better way.

We understand that the election rules and procedures are governed by City Charter and the New Hanover County and North Carolina Boards of Elections; but clearly the system needs to be changed.

City residents must vote twice, in the municipal election and the general election, in order to fully participate.

No wonder fewer than one-in-four people voted in this election, in spite of divisive issues like the convention center and sewer authority.

Listen, in a perfect world every citizen would take their civic responsibility seriously. They'd study the issues and the candidates, and show up at the polls, rain or shine, or take advantage of early-voting and absentee ballots. Turn-out would be one hundred percent.

Of course, in the real world, that's just not the case. The number of people taking part in the process keeps getting smaller and smaller, and smaller still when you ask them to vote twice, in October and November.

The beach towns understand this. Voters in those New Hanover County communities only have to go the polls once in November. And that's the way it should be in Wilmington.

That's what we think. Tell us what you think. kd