LAKE­WAY Coun­cil votes to keep elec­tions in May

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — MAR­QUES G. HARPER, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF

The Lake­way City Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion on Mon­day that would keep the city’s gen­eral elec­tion in May in­stead of mov­ing it to Novem­ber. Sev­eral cities have been tak­ing up the is­sue as city of­fi­cials look at in­creased costs as­so­ci­ated with keep­ing the elec­tion in May ver­sus the pos­si­ble ef­fects of a switch from spring to fall.

Coun­cilmem­ber Dee Ann Burns-Far­rell said a move to Novem­ber would make it dif­fi­cult for lo­cal can­di­dates to stand out dur­ing busy elec­tion sea­sons. “Put our signs out there, they’ll be lost, and the cost to the can­di­date could be ex­tremely el­e­vated,” Burns-Far­rell said.

City Man­ager Steve Jones said the city’s elec­tions would com­pete against state, county and na­tional elec­tions dur­ing var­i­ous years. The switch also could have pre­cluded the city from hav­ing spe­cial elec­tions in May some years, he said.

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