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College Station Considers Moving City Elections to Odd Number Years

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At today’s meeting, College Station City Council will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of holding local general elections in odd-numbered years.

As the result of a 2018 charter amendment, the City of College Station is currently transitioning from three-year council terms of office to four with elections held in November of even-numbered years. This change results in significantly higher voter turnout since the elections would line up with national elections.

Last year the College Station City Council directed the City Secretary and City Attorney to provide information at a future meeting regarding the benefits and disadvantages of holding local general elections in November of odd-numbered years.

Moving City Elections to Odd numbered years would reduce voter turnout by 78%.

Runoff elections typically only get ten percent of election voter turnout in even years. Elizabeth Cunha won the majority of the 20,899 votes on election day in 2018 and received 852 more votes than Maloney.

In the runoff election six weeks later, only 2,077 residents cast votes. Elizabeth Cunha lost the runoff election by 373 votes, even though she previously won the majority. Approximately 90% of the voters in the general election did not return for the runoff race.

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To make written comments for College Station City Council or to speak to the Council, fill out the comment form on the Council website. https://www.cstx.gov/departments___city_hall/council/comments

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