The Sept. 15 letter "Odd elections," which said that Raleigh City Council elections amount to voter suppression because they are held in off years and in October, is a wee bit off base. Voter suppression, my foot.
The advantage to having a local election in October and in an off year is that voters have a lot fewer candidates to consider and through which to sort when trying to make a decision. And, since they are nonpartisan, a voter cannot take the easy way out and pull a straight-party lever. Geez, you might have to think!
Every citizen has the right to get involved and work for the candidate of his choice. It appears that in the past, some citizen voters have worked a bit harder and smarter than others.