Decide the Date campaign needs signatures of 3,758 registered city voters for referendum to be scheduled
December 21, 2017
A new initiative is underway to shift the City of Sarasota election cycle from March to November.
A group called Decide the Date Sarasota, which lists the same address as the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, is working to gain the necessary number of signatures of registered City of Sarasota voters so it can put a proposed City of Sarasota Charter amendment on the ballot.
That number is 3,758, City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini confirmed on Dec. 19 for The Sarasota News Leader.
The summary of the proposed Charter amendment says the general elections for City Commission would be held in November in even-numbered years, to coincide with federal, state, county and district elections. A primary would be conducted in August if three or more people qualified as candidates, the summary explains. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes then would have their names placed on the November General Election ballot.
For at-large elections, the document continues, if four or more persons qualify as candidates, their names would appear on the primary ballot in August; the three who received the highest vote totals would advance to the November election……..
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