At-large politicians are not permitted to choose their voters and gerrymandering is avoided.
Candidates elected at-large tend to more represent the interests of the entire city rather than the narrower interests to which district elected council members are often perceived to be more susceptible.
Having at-large candidates will increase voter turnout. This is especially true in Fayetteville when one or more district politicians are uncontested or the Mayoral race is uncontested.
With at-large candidates, voters have an opportunity to vote for several candidates. If one or more of their candidates-of-choice win the election, the voter is likely to feel more represented than only getting to vote in single member districts.
Having some at-large representation is not retrogression when there are more non-white registered voters in Fayetteville than white registered voters.
Having some at-large representation is not retrogression when there are more non-white citizens in Fayetteville than white citizens.
Most cities in North Carolina have some form of at large members as part of their municipal structure. Nine of the 12 largest North Carolina cities have at large members as part of their city council structure.
There is no bias within the proposed referendum because of our diverse voter base:
Fayetteville Voter Registration Data as of March 2021 shows that the white registered voters makes up approximately 33% and the black registered voters makes up almost 45% of the population with the remaining 22% made up of the various other race codes. Click here to view voter registration breakdown in Fayetteville
The Cumberland County Board of County commissioners has 2 at large members of its seven-member board.
The Cumberland County Board of Education has 3 at large members of its nine-member board.
The current district map has been gerrymandered into ridiculous contortions that are, at best, confusing to voters and difficult to represent.
Voter turnout in the last municipal election was 9.5% compared to 16.3% statewide.
On average less than 1,300 voted in each district in the last election.
At least four districts – 4, 6, 8 and 9 – have bizarre extensions whose only purpose is to rope a council member’s residence into the district. That’s legal, but not good government.
Having all city council members elected from single member districts is a structural flaw. Over the past twenty years under this model we have seen where issues that dealt with a limited geographic or socioeconomic section of the city could not be successfully addressed.
There are not enough voices with the responsibility for the entire city with the current council structure. Hours are spent arguing on the rezoning requests of an individual property while major issues go unattended and unresolved. ($100 million storm water issues, Police Department understaffed by over 60 officers.