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Greenville Considers Removing Political Parties From The Ballot

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If you go to the polls in the city of Greenville you may be used to voting along party lines, but Greenville City Council is looking to change that. If you go to the polls in the city of Greenville you may be used to voting along party lines, but Greenville City Council is looking to change that.

If you go to the polls in the city of Greenville you may be used to voting along party lines, but Greenville City Council is looking to change that.

Council members want non partisan elections, meaning your candidates would run without party affiliation.

City Council member Amy Ryberg Doyle says the goal is to get more qualified candidates on the ballot.

"We want to obviously have the benefits of what some cities see which is more voter turnout, more people running for office," Doyle said.

Doyle says it appeals to the growing number of independent voters and those fed up with both the Democrats and Republicans.

Doyle says Greenville is the only municipality in the upstate that still holds partisan elections.

We asked the voters what you think of removing political parties from the city ballot.  

"Personally I think they should vote for themselves and not be held accountable to the views of a particular party," voter Virgil Ware said.

But not everyone agrees.

"I think they should run for a political party. It seems like they know what they are doing," voter Ted Solomon said.

Doyle admits there is a place for political parties, just not in small city elections.

"We are concerned about quality of life, neighborhoods we need to work with local school districts we need to work with public utilities so there is no room for politics," Doyle said.

Before council takes a vote you'll get a chance to sound off. The next workshop to discuss election changes will be on October 7th.

Any changes made to elections wouldn't take effect until November 2014.

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