McGoldrick's consolidated election schedule proposal aims to
increase voter turnout
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick's proposal aims to increase voter turnout
and save tax dollars by combining local, state and federal elections
on the same ballot.
By Elizabeth Pfeffer
July 1, 2006
Records show San Francisco voter turnout has been declining for
decades, yet one supervisor says simply changing local elections
to even-numbered years could bolster turnout and save tax dollars.
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick is sponsoring legislation to consolidate
all local, state and federal elections on one ballot. As a result,
the City would save approximately $3.4 million every two years
in reduced expenditures, according a report from the controller's
And it would make the system more democratic, Supervisor McGoldrick
A history of voter turnout, provided by Senior Legislative Analyst
Andrew Murray, indicates 20% more voters participate in gubernatorial
or presidential elections over local elections.
Senior Legislative Analyst Andrew Murray
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd countered with his preference for local
elections occurring on their own dates and said voters may be
overwhelmed with an overcrowded ballot.
"As much as there may be more voters voting, I like the
fact that our local races are on their own dates," Elsbernd
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd
Undeterred, McGoldrick reiterated his faith in the electorate
and its ability to vote with local elections added to the ballot.
"I want this to go to the November ballot. This should be
decided by the voters of San Francisco. This is all about them.
The law should be voted on by the electorate," McGoldrick
The committee voted to forward the proposal to the Board for
consideration but without recommendation.