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The Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) in September will consider the first reading of an ordinance that would change the Spring Hill City Election date to align with the November General Election date as a potential way to help improve low voter turnout for municipal races.
Spring Hill municipal elections are currently held in April. (City election ballots can include choices for both mayor and alderman as well as referendum questions).
A number of political positions and possible alternative solutions also are being discussed among the board, including:
The City of Spring Hill recently conducted a local survey asking Spring Hill residents’ whether the BOMA should consider changing the City Election date, or consider other potential election changes aimed at improving voter turnout. We received 235 verified responses to the survey from city residents. These are the results:
28.8% - No. Spring Hill can improve voter turnout by adding precinct locations, expanding voting hours, and providing additional election notices.
11.2% - Yes. Change the date to August.
52.8% - Yes. Change the date to November.
7.2% - Other
At its July meeting, the BOMA deferred voting on the ordinance to the September meeting. The board will take up the issue again at 6 p.m. at the Tuesday, Sept. 3, work session, and consider it for a first reading vote at the 7 p.m. Sept. 16 regular meeting. The second and final vote will be taken at the October meeting.
BOMA meetings are live video streamed on our website at www.springhilltn.org/video, and also are available afterwards on-demand at the same location.