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SARASOTA — A new effort is underway to move Sarasota’s typical spring municipal elections to the fall in an attempt to pump up often-decried “abysmal” voter turnout.

The new campaign called Decide the Date is launching a petition drive to put a referendum on the ballot in November 2018 to ask city voters whether they would support moving city elections from March and May of odd years to August and November of even years, to coincide with statewide and federal primary and general elections.

Advocates for the change have argued the move could dramatically increase spring City Commission election voter turnout, which has historically ranged from 15 to 23 percent, compared with 50 to 70 percent in November general elections…….


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