The Hagerstown City Council remains at odds about the idea of lifting party affiliations from city elections, but a 3-2 vote Tuesday night ensured a nonbinding referendum question will appear on this year’s general election ballot.
A nonpartisan election is one in which candidates are nominated without party affiliation, which is how city elections are currently conducted.
Council members Forrest W. Easton and Ashley C. Haywood voted against the measure, but for different reasons.
Easton said he supports nonpartisan elections, but doesn’t see why it should be put on the Nov. 6 ballot at all. Council members have said that this issue is “too important” to be decided by the five-member council alone, which is his main sticking point, he said.
“I would like to point out that in 32 months since this administration has taken office, this is the first time, and only time, we’ve decided that an issue was too important to decide by ourselves,” he said.