Moving elections – The idea of moving local elections to November is worth considering. Turnout, which is too often dismal in local contests, would grow by leaps and bounds. In off-presidential election years, the growth might not be so great. And there may be problems of adjusting dates when winners take office. But this proposal offers a way to increase voter participation in local elections, and it deserves to be taken seriously.
It’s true that local elections attract a dismally small voter turnout, but at least most of the voters who turn out for those elections have some knowledge about the races and the candidates who are running. If those elections are lumped in with state and federal races, it will be even harder than it is now for those candidates to get their message out to voters – unless, of course, party organizations pour large sums of money into those races. Like many other issues being tackled during this legislative session, the timing of local elections might be better left alone.