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o curb voter apathy, District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg wants to boost turnout at the polls by moving municipal elections from May to November, coinciding with state and national contests. The councilman hopes to mirror Austin, which saw a 40 percent upswing in participation after switching. Specifically, Nirenberg seeks shifting the day San Antonio votes from May in odd-numbered years to November in even-numbered years. Support must still come from the rest of the City Council. “I proposed as a first step, unifying the elections,” Nirenberg said. “We can change the City Charter to move municipal elections from odd-number spring to even-numbered fall. This would put city elections on the same ballot as

state and national elections, where we know the turnout is four times higher.” According to the Bexar County Elections Department, 11.89 percent of registered voters cast ballots in May, which included a hotly contested 14way race for San Antonio mayor. Just 14 percent voted in the ensuing runoff between incumbent Ivy Taylor and ex-state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte. Contrast those numbers with the November 2014 governor’s race when 31.7 percent of the electorate took part. In the 2012 presidential election, 56.5 percent participated. Relying on his experience working at the Annenberg Public Policy Center and data from The Pew Charitable Trusts and others, Nirenberg sent letters to state Rep. Lyle Larson and San Antonio’s Charter Review Commission citing Austin’s success and requesting their backing. The capital city’s 2012 May mayoral race only produced 10 percent of voters, but in the next mayor’s contest — two years later in November — turnout jumped to 40 percent. Presenting his proposal for the first time publicly at the inaugural University of Texas at San Antonio Civic Engagement Summit in October, Nirenberg said voter indifference and civic disengagement are

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the two most pressing challenges facing the country, creating a ripple effect on what local government tries to accomplish – “from adopting an annual budget to building the comprehensive plan, from addressing public-safety issues to debating new modes of transportation to the future.” Representing parts of the North Side and Northwest Side, including north of Loop 1604 along the Interstate 10 West corridor, Nirenberg believes when a small number decides elections for the whole, special interests establish a foothold in government with others left out. “We don’t have a crisis of registration (to vote),” Nirenberg said. “We have a crisis of public trust.”


Not everyone is voicing support. At press time, most council members remained mum. Taylor at first seemed in opposition, noting last month the Charter Commission decided not to recommend an election change when it met this year. The mayor also was loath to challenge a decision delivered by the commission she just appointed. “I think it makes sense for the city’s

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