Off-year voting dilutes minority and young voter influence.
by: Larry Eger | Chair of Decide the Date Sarasota

Decide the Date Sarasota is a petition initiative to place the question of when to have city elections on the ballot. I am chairing this initiative because I believe that more people who vote, the more representative government you will get.

This is a single issue that has never been put forward to the electorate. It is significant in terms of outcomes and cost, and the electorate deserves the opportunity to weigh in.

I believe that the low voter turnout produced by off-cycle elections is simply unacceptable and fundamentally flawed.

In the city of Sarasota, elections held in the spring of odd-numbered years draw far fewer voters than elections held in the fall of even-numbered years. In the most recent City Commission election, which took place in May, nearly 23% of registered city voters cast a ballot. In the most recent general election, which took place in November 2016, nearly 72% of registered city voters cast a ballot. There were over 18,000 more ballots cast by city voters during the general election in the fall…….

 

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