A group led by a pair of politically prominent Sarasotans is attempting to do what the City Commission has repeatedly refused to do: Provide voters an opportunity to determine when municipal elections are conducted.

It’s about time that someone offered an alternative to the status quo, which has been maintained by City Hall’s intransigence toward increasing voter participation.

Suzanne Atwell, a Democrat who served on the City Commission from 2009 to 2017, and Larry Eger, a Republican who has been the public defender since 2008, are leading the newly formed Decide the Date Campaign. Their aim is gain some 3,700 certified signatures on petitions to force a referendum on city-election schedules.

Sarasota has long conducted stand-alone elections in March, with frequent runoffs in May, in odd-numbered years. Voter participation has consistently been low…….

 

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