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The NAACP’s local organization has endorsed an initiative aimed at letting voters in the city of Sarasota decide whether to change their election schedule. The endorsement provides a boost to the effort and should help alleviate some concerns about the proposal’s potential impacts on minority voters.

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

The Decide the Date Campaign, launched last month, is attempting to get 3,700 certified signatures on petitions intended to force the city to ask voters whether they would prefer a schedule based on the November general elections in even-numbered years. Those elections include high-profile races such as the presidency and governorship as well as state and county contests…….


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