Law

Tucson's Election System Gets an Undeserved Reprieve

An appeals court upholds a dysfunctional hybrid process for city council races.

One man, one vote.

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What if you could vote in the general election -- but not the primary? Reversing itself, an appeals court has upheld the Tucson city council’s strange electoral system, which creates exactly this anomaly for some voters. The result is probably legally correct. But the voting system is fairly dysfunctional, and should be changed.

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