Our General Election in November requires a plurality to win. The elections coming in May for the water boards also require only a plurality. Yet the primary election and the coming city election, under the law, require a majority vote. So why do we require a runoff or more specifically, why is a majority vote needed.

The simplest reason is usually the best. Only one person at a time may serve as a party nominee or an elected official. Requiring a majority vote to earn a nomination or election to public office insures a greater degree of support for the winner.

The recent primary saw seven individuals running for governor and six individuals running for a place on the supreme court. In the governor's race it was very apparent one candidate was favored in that he received more than 50% of the vote. The supreme court position though was much closer with four candidates each earning 18%. Since only one of these people can serve as the party's nominee, the top two will be in a runoff.

We all share an interest in the governance of our communities by selecting worthy individuals, through the election process, to serve on the boards, councils, or commissioner's courts. Each of our representatives we task with making decisions to serve the interests of the community.

The requirement of a majority vote during the primary and in some elections provides a test of support for the candidate. To pass the test, the individual must earn the votes of more than half of those participating in the election. Earn that acknowledgement and you proceed to represent the party or fill an important public position.