Nonpartisan city election will not benefit citizens in Tulsa

May 23, 2013
Robert McDowell

The City of Tulsa on June 11 will have its first so-called “nonpartisan” election with races for mayor and city auditor on the ballot.

There were three offices for councilor that were open, but only the incumbent filed for those seats.

There were five candidates for mayor – one Democrat, two Republicans and two unknown.  There were also three candidates for city auditor, whose party registrations were not known to me.  Under this system, if one candidate receives 50 percent plus one vote, he or she wins.  If no one gets 50 percent plus one, there will be a run-off in August.

It seems to me that this is not a good system for elections, but it is being pushed by some rather powerful interests with agendas that can only be guessed.  So-called “nonpartisan” elections seem deliberately set up to confuse those voters who are not well informed. And in my opinion, these elections work to the detriment of the parts of government managed by those elected.

In the case of Tulsa, the change to nonpartisan elections was voted in following a petition amendment at the 2012 general election.  My own position is that of unalterable opposition to this monstrosity.

In the case of the present election, with two major candidates registered in one party and only one in the other, it is possible that the one candidate could win because of a split vote.  Further, it seems designed to denigrate the importance of and reasons for political parties.  That is the situation in most of the parliamentary system of government used in most of the rest of the nations around the world and it contributes to the lack of stability found there.

It may be that the voters in Tulsa were confused by this ballot question and the large number of questions on the ballot last fall, and so they just voted yes on all of them. There were at least three other questions on the ballot for the state and city, that were, in my opinion, also detrimental to the well-being of government and citizens.

Unfortunately, most, if not all, of the surrounding cities and towns in Tulsa County, as well as all of the school boards, are elected in the same so-called nonpartisan elections.  This tends to take the party apparatus out of the campaigns, for the most part, and allow some narrow, special-interest groups, such as unions, to manage to take over the whole operation, to the detriment of the taxpayers and for the benefit of the special interest.

It is indeed unfortunate that so many of the electorate remain mostly uninformed of the consequences of their vote, and thus was begun the decline of the United States in the world because of our headlong move away from being a nation with a “representative republic” form of government and into a Socialist/Communist form wherein there rises very powerful dictator types of officeholders and employees who are able to exert very excessive power over the population.  Once in place, these situations are almost impossible to reverse without an all-out revolution by the downtrodden population, which has normally been disarmed by the rulers, as is being attempted in Washington, D.C., at the present time, and for the past several years.

It is hoped that the citizens of Tulsa will wake up and see the fallacy of this change and demand that the election process be reverted back to the way it was.  In addition, the city, its citizens and visitors would be much better off  if the form of government would be returned to the “mayor-commission” system that served so well from its founding until the 1980s when the people were again sold a bill of goods and voted a change to the present council.

Under the Commission government, there was an elected official responsible for each of the departments that could be reached at any time with a problem which was then promptly taken care of.