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Cape Coral City Council to change election years

Posted at 7:36 AM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 07:36:19-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The Cape Coral City Council is making a change that could save the city some money.
The city council voted to move city elections, from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years. Now Cape Coral elections will happen the same years as presidential or gubernatorial races.
This switch will save the city nearly a half million dollars. The city spends that much running Cape Coral elections on odd-numbered years. If the races coincided with presidential or gubernatorial races the city could save that money.
It could also lead to an increase in voter turnout. In 2015, the city says only 13% of registered voters in Cape Coral cast ballots. But in 2016 and 2018, which both included high profile state and national elections voter turnout was at least 60%.
But this change means current elected officials will get an extra year in office. Elections for Districts 2, 3, 5, and 7 will happen in November 2020. Elections for other districts and the mayoral race will take place in 2022.