February 26, 2018
Keep Local Elections Local
We need you to reach out to the following Senators to stop CS/SB 1262 from advancing. During these last two weeks of the Legislative Session, we do not want CS/SB 1262 to be withdrawn from the Senate Rules Committee and placed on the Senate Calendar. We also do not want the Senate Rules Committee to consider CS/SB 1262. If CS/SB 1262 gets put on the Senate Rules Committee agenda,
please urge Senators to Vote NO!
Message to Senate Leadership:
Please do not withdraw CS/SB 1262 from the Senate Rules Committee.
Senate President Joe Negron
Senator Bill Galvano
Senator Wilton Simpson – Majority Leader
Senator Liz Benaquisto – Chair, Senate Rules Committee
Message to the Senate Rules Committee:
Vote NO on CS/SB 1262.
(Committee members listed below.)
HB 7037 and CS/SB 1262 (Hutson) preempt the authority of cities to choose the dates for municipal elections.
The bills require all cities to choose between a March or a November or election date.
The bills require all cities providing for runoff elections to hold them 10 weeks prior to specified dates in March or November(possibly 7 weeks for March under Senate bill).
If these bills pass, you will have to change your election date to either the third Tuesday in March or the second Tuesday in November – no matter what your charter or ordinances might say.
If your city holds runoff elections, these bills will require your initial election to be held in January (with runoff election the third Tuesday in March) or August (with runoff election the second Tuesday in November).
- The optimal time and date for a municipal election will vary according to each community needs and preferences.
- It is false to assume that high voter turnout in November elections translates into increased voter participation on municipal ballot issues in that same election.
- Consolidating municipal elections into two “seasons” will make it difficult for municipal candidates to compete for voter attention in saturated media markets and other venues.
- For over 40% of cities that provide for runoff elections, this bill will force their general elections to occur in January and August. This means that municipal campaigns will be in full swing over a period of time when voters are highly distracted or absent.
- Local citizens should have the right to decide for themselves when they want to have municipal elections. This is a purely local decision that should stay local.
Should you have any questions, please contact Rebecca O’Hara at