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Group working to move city elections from the spring to the fall

The Sarasota NAACP has endorsed Decide the Date Sarasota, a petition campaign with the goal of allowing Sarasota residents to decide whether they want to move the city elections from spring to fall, Decide the Date has announced.

Trevor D. Harvey, president of the Sarasota County Branch of the NAACP, says “the group fully endorses the Decide the Date campaign to place the charter-changing question on the ballot,” the release adds.

Decide the Date members are advocating for the municipal elections to be held in August and November of even-numbered years to coincide with gubernatorial, presidential and congressional races, instead of March and May of odd-numbered years.

“Voter turnout is consistently higher in November,” Harvey said in the release. “Not only does this [proposal] save taxpayers money, it also increases the overall participation in the African-American community by 86 percent.”……

 

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