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Elections change still a Topeka-down reform

Legislation to move municipal and school board elections from spring to fall in odd-numbered years received bipartisan support in conference committee and cleared the Senate Wednesday; House passage seems likely. The legislation could be worse, as were earlier proposals to make them partisan contests and to dictate when local tax elections could be held. But it doesn’t seem right that such a move would be crafted and approved without buy-in from the affected cities and school districts. And will turnout really soar just because the stand-alone elections shift half a year? – Rhonda Holman