The Coalition for Better County Government’s efforts to change the way Floyd County elects its Board of Supervisors comes to a climax with today’s (08.03) special election.
The Coalition started pushing to get the issue before voters in June by presenting the board a petition with over 1,000 signatures, but it was rejected when supervisors argued the petition paperwork was submitted incorrectly, voiding some 400 signatures. The Coalition responded by filing a motion in district court in Hampton to force the special election. The supervisors eventually voted 2-1 to avoid further litigation and set the special election for today.
Coalition President Gordon Boge says his group likes their chances for changing how supervisors are elected.
Currently, all three supervisor positions are elected at-large, which is listed as Plan 1 on today’s ballot. Plan 2, calls for “at-large, but with equal-population residence requirements for the members.” The coalition-backed Plan 3 would have supervisors elected “from single member equal-population districts in which the electors of each district shall select one member who must reside in that district.”
Polls in all eight precinct locations in Floyd County will be open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.