Moffitt Says Three is EnoughBy
Rep. Tim Moffitt (R-116) has introduced a bill, HB 471, that will reduce the voting power of Buncombe County voters. Whereas you can now vote for all five Commissioners regardless of where you live, Moffitt’s bill would restrict you to voting for only three out of a newly expanded Board of seven. The bill would divide the county by district, and each district would have two reps on the Commission. The Chair would be elected at-large.
Apart from some Tea Party activists, no one has asked for this measure. Rep. Moffitt did not deign to consult with voters in Buncombe County or with County government before introducing the bill to the Republican controlled legislature in Raleigh.
“I just felt that the majority of the county is underrepresented on the Buncombe County Commission,” Moffitt said of the bill.
Is there a dearth of representation for County residents as Moffitt asserts? No. Three of the five Commission members live outside the city limits, and it would be hard to argue that city resident Bill Stanley isn’t a strong voice for non city residents.
I’m baffled by Rep. Moffitt’s unilateral decision to limit voter choice.
If you’d like to register your comments about Moffitt’s dictum with your County government or your state representatives, here are some handy email addresses:
Tim.Moffitt@ncleg.net, Susan.Fisher@ncleg.net, Patsy.Keever@ncleg.net, Martin.Nesbitt@ncleg.net, Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net
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