CHANGE THE DATE
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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) – Voters in Sarasota: get ready to mark your votes on a crowded ballot next month. If some leaders in the city get their way, you’ll have to vote on even more candidates in the upcoming general elections.
Right now, the city holds its election for the city commission race every other spring, but each one costs taxpayers $100,000. Now it’s up to you to decide if you want to continue to vote in that election, or have them coincide with federal, state, and county elections.read more
SARASOTA – Local leaders on both sides of the political aisle went door-to-door with campaign supporters to canvass several of Sarasota’s neighborhoods over the weekend.
The door-to-door campaign is intended to educate City of Sarasota voters about the charter amendment on the ballot. This amendment, if approved change the date of the city elections in Sarasota to coincide with state, federal and county elections.
Proponents of the change say switching the date of the election from spring to fall will more than double voter turnout. Stats show a typical City of Sarasota election draws between 15 percent and 23 percent to determine who will represent the public at City Hall.read more
Change the Date Sarasota is an incredible gathering of residents, businesses, organizations and thought leaders across the political spectrum. It is an effort to increase voter participation in city commission elections and to save taxpayer money by changing the date of city elections to the fall.
It is not just overall voter participation that will double or triple, African American voter composition more than doubles, Hispanic voter composition almost triples, and voter composition of those under 29 years old almost triples in fall elections as well.read more
Finally, city voters will have the opportunity to change the city’s voting schedule.
The primary impetus for this change is to bring an end to less than 20% of the city’s voters deciding the outcomes of City Commission elections.
The governance of the city of Sarasota desperately needs change. This amendment is a step in the right direction.
We recommend: Vote yesread more
Community Leaders Host Bi-Partisan Canvass this Saturday in Support of Change the Date Sarasota City Charter Amendment
SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2018) – With the November 6th election less than three weeks away, community leaders on both sides of the political aisle are going door-to-door with campaign supporters to canvass several of Sarasota’s neighborhoods this Saturday morning, October 20th. Supporters and volunteers are meeting up at 9:30 a.m. at 1115 Citrus Avenue in Sarasota. The door-to-door campaign will educate City of Sarasota voters as to the city charter amendment on the ballot. This amendment will change the date of the city elections in Sarasota to coincide with state, federal and county elections.read more
In an effort to increase voter turnout, cities across Florida are reforming their elections. The 2018 general election will give voters in Gainesville and in Sarasota the opportunity to align municipal elections with the regular, biennial federal, state, and county elections already happening in those communities.read more
For years, Sarasota City commissioners refused to give voters a voice regarding a fundamental matter of governance: voting schedules. The commission repeatedly rejected pleas to allow city residents to vote on whether to maintain the status quo or change the dates of municipal elections.
Thanks to citizens who took matters into their own hands, in the 2018 general election city voters will decide if they want to change the dates.
Sarasota has long had stand-alone elections in March, with frequent runoffs in May, in odd-numbered years. Voter participation has been consistently low, frequently under or just over 20 percent. An extreme example: In 2011 only 1,234 voters in District 1 elected of one of the five commissioners, when the district had 8,300 eligible voters in a city with a total of 35,480 registrants.read more
Direct democracy will compete with representative democracy on general election ballots in Florida.
Yes, there will be key exercises in representative democracy between the dispatch of mail ballots starting Oct. 2 and voting at the polls Nov. 6: think high-profile elections for U.S. Senate and House, as well as governor.
But Floridians will have numerous opportunities to engage in direct democracy through ballot initiatives.
Statewide, 12 proposed amendments will decided by voters.
In Sarasota County, voters can double their fun: Six proposed amendments to the county charter will be on the ballot; North Port voters will also consider an overhaul of their municipal charter and, in Sarasota, voters will determine the outcome of a proposal to change the dates of City Commission elections.read more
I read with disappointment the letter that appeared in Monday’s edition of SRQ Daily regarding the proposal to move City election dates.
As the Public Defender for the 12th Judicial Circuit, my professional calling requires I avoid supposition, half-truths and fear mongering, which was the basis of the writer’s argument.read more
The effort to reschedule Sarasota’s city elections officially moved from its petition drive stage into a full-fledged campaign for change, this week launching anew as Change the Date Sarasota. And while a campaign announcement touts the bipartisan organization and the chance to strengthen turnout and improve the diversity of the active electorate, it’s important as well to remember his modest and unremarkable the proposed change could be for the city.read more