Election Dates for Municipal Officers (Oppose – Preemption)

Election Dates for Municipal Officers (Oppose – Preemption)

CS/CS/SB 1262 (Hutson) and HB 7037 (House Government Accountability Committee) would amend the state law to specify a uniform method for all municipal election dates. The bills would require the governing body of a municipality to determine if its municipal elections will be held on the same date as the general election, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in an odd numbered year, or the third Tuesday in March in an odd or even numbered year. If a municipality requires runoff elections, HB 7037 would require the runoff election be held on the March or November date, and the initial election be held 10 weeks prior to the runoff election. In contrast, for municipalities choosing to use the March election date, CS/CS/SB 1262 would require the period between a runoff election and an initial election to be seven weeks. (O’Hara)