"3. PROPOSAL NUMBER THREE, A QUESTION - CITY ELECTIONS
This proposal would amend the City Charter to establish a new system of city elections for the offices of mayor, public advocate, comptroller, borough president, and council member. The September primary election would be open to all voters and all candidates, regardless of party membership or independent status.
The top two vote-getters would compete in the November general election. In both elections, candidates could indicate their party membership or independent status on the ballot. Candidates participating in the voluntary campaign finance program, which provides public campaign funding, could not accept contributions from political parties or party committees. The new system would replace the current system of political party nominations through primary elections in which only party members may vote. The changes would take effect after the 2005 citywide election. Shall this proposal be adopted?"