February 2, 2018

Municipal Election Dates - Oppose SB 1262!
SB 1262 ( Hutson ) preempts to the state the authority to establish the dates of municipal elections. The bill will be considered by the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee on Tuesday, February 6, at 2:00 p.m. Please contact committee members and urge them to Oppose SB 1262!

  • The bill requires the governing body of a municipality to select the date for holding its election from among four options: 
  • The general election (November of even-numbered years).
  • First Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years.
  • Third Tuesday in March odd-number year.
  • Third Tuesday in March of even-numbered years.
  • The bill establishes a format for runoff elections and allows elected municipal officers to continue in office until the next municipal election date is held in accordance with the bill’s requirements. 

  • Decisions about the times and dates of municipal elections are local matters that will vary according to community needs and preferences. 

  • These purely local decisions should not be preempted by the state.  

Should you have any questions, please contact Rebecca O’Hara at rohara@flcities.com or (850) 701-3692.
Please contact members of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee and urge them to Oppose SB 1262!
Senate Ethics and Elections Committee - OPPOSE SB 1262!
Keith Perry, Chair (R-8)
(850) 487-5008

Jeff Brandes, Vice Chair (R-24)
(850) 487-5024

Oscar Braynon (D-35)
(850) 487-5035

Travis Hutson (R-7)
(850) 487-5007
Tom Lee (R-20)
(850) 487-5020

Kathleen Passidomo (R-28)
(850) 487-5028

Jose Javier Rodriguez (D-37)
(850) 487-5037

Victor M. Torres, Jr. (D-15)
(850) 487-5015
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Thank you for your advocacy efforts!