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Good reasons to end spring elections?

Two aspects of a legislative proposal to move Kansas municipal and school board elections from spring to autumn are appealing. "If we can save money and increase voter turnout, I think those are two winning propositions," said House Elections Committee Chairman Steve Huebert, R-Valley Center. But it would be hard to see these important contests forced to share the spotlight with elections for the Legislature, Congress, president, and statewide and county offices. More important, ending the separation would put nonpartisan city and school elections on the same ballots with partisan contests — confusing voters and stripping away what is, admittedly, the last pretense of nonpartisanship in some races. There also doesn't seem to be a good fix on how much money would be saved.