CHANGE THE DATE
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Since a Sarasota campaign gathered enough signatures to put the “Decide The Date” referendum on the November ballot, city voters soon will make a critical decision that could alter the dynamic of local elections. Frankly, it’s about time this contentious issue appeared as a referendum so the two sides can settle a long-time debate. We can expect each camp to offer emotional appeals about voter suppression and making it more expensive to run. But the core principle at stake boils down to one data point: Turnout.read more
The Sarasota City Commission now has 4,732 reasons to enable voters to decide whether to change their voting schedule.
Decide the Date Sarasota, a campaign that has support from the political left and right, gathered that many certified petitions — 996 more than required — calling for a referendum on the city’s stand-alone elections.read more
City of Sarasota voters will choose this November whether to move City Commission elections to coincide with federal, state, county and district elections.read more
Backed by the support of more than 4,700 residents, a referendum on moving city elections is set to appear on the ballot in November.
The Decide the Date campaign announced today it has collected enough signatures for the referendum to move ahead. Decide the Date, which launched in December, formed in an effort to move municipal elections from March and May of odd-numbered years to August and November of even-numbered years.read more
A five-month campaign to move Sarasota’s spring City Commission elections to the fall has acquired enough signatures for a referendum to be placed on the ballot this fall.
Decide the Date, as the campaign is known, launched a petition in December that obtained 4,732 signatures — 996 more than the required 3,736 signatures needed to put the issue before voters in November. The referendum will ask voters whether they support moving city elections from March and May of odd years to August and November of even years.read more
SARASOTA, Fla. (May 18, 2018) – Decide the Date Sarasota, a grassroots, bipartisan petition campaign, has succeeded in collecting the required number of petitions to ask city voters, on a November referendum ballot, whether they desire to change the date of City Commission elections to coincide with federal, state, county, and district elections.read more
SARASOTA, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2018) – Decide the Date Sarasota, a petition campaign to empower city of Sarasota residents with the decision on whether they want to move general city elections from spring to fall has been endorsed by the Sarasota Chapter...read more
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...read more
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...read more