All Charlotte City Council elections, including the mayoral election, will be postponed until 2022. This is because some elections were expected to continue, despite the recent curve from Congress.
The city council approved the mayoral election plan on Monday. It brings together mayors, general elections, and district elections in the spring to help current executives maintain their position beyond their intended two-year term.
It was not guaranteed that all three elections would be held at the same time. The city council also discussed the possibility of splitting the election into a mayor and a large representative election and electing a district representative next spring, as the constituency change process is pending.
However, members of the council voted to keep the election together.
Council members Malcolm Graham, Rene Johnson, Matt Newton, Greg Phipps, and Braxton Winston voted against the fork. Two Republicans of the council, Ed Driggs and Tariq Bokhari, voted to divide the election cycle in two. Council members Larken Egreston, Julie Eisert, Dimple Azimera and Victoria Watrington did not attend the meeting on Monday.
Decisions on how to handle local elections Delayed census data This is needed to redraw the city council district map. This information, originally scheduled to be published three months ago, will not be available until September.
New state lawEffective Monday without the signature of Governor Roy Cooper, it sought to address the issue by postponing local elections until 2022 in 30 cities and towns, including Charlotte, Greensboro and Fayetteville. But the law has introduced an important warning: they do not qualify for subdivision, so after all, a large mayoral race can be held this year.
The prospect of a split election led to intense sparring among council members, which mayor Vi Lyles demanded an adjournment. After Charlotte’s residents, local party leaders, and activists spoke in public forums, tensions increased, raising concerns about the deprivation of voters’ civil rights and unnecessary costs to taxpayers.
Charlotte’s budget director, Ryan Bergman, said split elections could cost the city an additional $ 340,000 because of the obligation to pay part of the county election commission’s annual budget. .. Election officials warned that the bill could be higher, depending on the number of primaries required and polling stations.
This is a developing story and will be updated.