Property rights votingI'm not altogether sure what I think of an obscure provision of the voting law in Franklin, Tennessee that allows people who live outside of town, but who own physical property within its borders, to vote. On the one hand, this notion makes sense-if you own property in a city or county, you should have a say in its electoral process because you have to pay taxes on that property to the city and county where the property is located. If you are using that property for a business, you are paying local taxes in a variety of ways, and through your vote you should be able to have some say in the matter.
On the other hand, in a place like Knoxville or Knox County, it could lead to an inadvertant number of outsiders influencing the process, especially in an election such as this year's. I am all for expanded political rights for property owners, but I am not sure in which direction to expand them.
It would seem that the idea is becoming wildly popular, as the General Assembly will take up whether to change the State's basic law on cities to allow for greater property rights voting. I haven't made up my mind, but I do think the concept behind it is very interesting indeed.