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NYC may be going non-partisan

The New York Times reports, "Panel Endorses Mayor's Plan to Alter City's Voting System."

The panel, the Charter Revision Commission, largely adhered to the wishes of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who appointed them this year to consider his proposal to eliminate party primaries and switch to nonpartisan elections. Mr. Bloomberg, a billionaire who personally financed his 2001 campaign as a Democrat-turned-Republican, has suggested that the change would dilute the power of political bosses.

Responding to concerns about the plan, Mr. Bloomberg has said that the first elections under the new system should take place in 2009 after he has served a presumptive second term. He has also said candidates should be able to list their party affiliations on the ballot.

UPDATE: the Charter Commission's staff report on non-partisan elections is here.