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L.A. council orders up ballot measure to shift election dates
L.A. council orders up ballot measure to shift election dates

Los Angeles City Council members moved Wednesday to prepare a ballot measure asking voters to change the city's election date, saying it will boost lagging turnout. On a 12 to 1 vote, the council instructed City Atty. Mike Feuer to prepare a measure for the March 3 ballot that would shift city elections from odd-numbered to even-numbered years starting in 2020. The change, which would align city campaigns with higher participation presidential or gubernatorial elections, was first proposed after turnout in the May 2013 mayoral runoff election fell to 23%. Councilman Gil Cedillo, who backed the measure, said it will address a lack of participation by African Americans, Latinos...

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