Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Same Day Primary

Tennessee should consider having both local and State primary elections on the same day:

One thing this experience has caused me to believe is that our local and State primaries in Tennessee should no longer be divided-one held in May and the other in August-both the local and State primaries should be held on the same day in May. County government calendars in Tennessee should be reformed to allow for county general elections on the same day that many the State and many small towns have their election-on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, with winners taking office in either December (county) or January (State). August could be reserved for special elections and "emergency" ballot issues. The State and county election commissions would have to deal with a much longer ballot, but could save precious time and money by combining primaries. Such a system would also be less likely to promote voter fatigue.

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