Voting To Change Elections
A city commission committee is considering plans to get more people to the polls- including changing Gainesville's early spring election dates.
Ultimately, they will have to get voters to the polls to approve the proposals.
A legislative committee is recommending a change to the city charter and moving to fall elections on even numbered years.
If voters approve the change, city elections will run along with county, state, and federal elections.
"I don't think people realize that the decisions that affect their everyday lives are not made at the white house, at the national level, they're really made at the local level," said Jonathan Dain, a Gainesville resident.
Other than improving turnout, city officials say it'll save money by reducing the number of elections.
Changing city elections to a partisan race was discussed at Monday's meeting, but the committee is recomending commissioners leave city elections as non- partisan.
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