Sarasota, Vote to Change the Date

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BY ROGER AND PHYLLIS BARRY SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION SATURDAY OCT 27, 2018

We helped circulate the petition to change the date of the city election because we believe it will expand voter participation in the city elections, which has a notorious low turnout when held in the spring. 

We were impressed that this petition to change the date was a bipartisan effort backed both Democrats and Republicans including the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the local chapter of the NAAP, the Manatee/Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus, the Sarasota Manatee Young Democrats, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Argus Foundation and the local building and real estate groups.

High voter participation is a sign of a healthy democracy and leads to a more representative policy being advanced by those elected. We have voted “yes” to change the date.

Roger and Phyllis Barry live in Sarasota.

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