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File #: 210595.    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 10/26/2021 In control: City Attorney
On agenda: 1/6/2022 Final action: 1/20/2022
Title: Ordinance Amending Chapter 9 Related to Elections (B) Ordinance No. 210595 An ordinance of the City of Gainesville, Florida, amending Chapter 9 of the Code of Ordinances related to elections to conform to the charter amendments approved by voters on November 6, 2018; revising Chapter 9 to align the city election with the statewide primary election and the runoff election to coincide with the statewide general election; revising section 9-11 by changing the campaign contribution limit from $250 to the limit set by statute; revising section 9-14 by providing that the county canvassing board will be used for the city election that coincides with the statewide primary election; updating section 9-14 to provide for vote-by-mail ballots instead of absentee ballots; providing directions to the codifier; providing a severability clause; providing a repealing clause; and providing an immediate effective date.
Attachments: 1. 210595_draft ordinance_20220106, 2. 210595_Ordinance Final_20220120
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Ordinance Amending Chapter 9 Related to Elections (B)

Ordinance No. 210595

An ordinance of the City of Gainesville, Florida, amending Chapter 9 of the Code of Ordinances related to elections to conform to the charter amendments approved by voters on November 6, 2018; revising Chapter 9 to align the city election with the statewide primary election and the runoff election to coincide with the statewide general election; revising section 9-11 by changing the campaign contribution limit from $250 to the limit set by statute; revising section 9-14 by providing that the county canvassing board will be used for the city election that coincides with the statewide primary election; updating section 9-14 to provide for vote-by-mail ballots instead of absentee ballots; providing directions to the codifier; providing a severability clause; providing a repealing clause; and providing an immediate effective date.

explanation
The City Commission passed Ordinance No. 160876, which directed a proposed charter amendment relating to municipal elections to be presented to electors at the November 6, 2018 election. The electors approved the charter amendment on November 6, 2018. It is necessary to revise Chapter 9 to reflect those amendments. This ordinance aligns the city election with the statewide primary election, which generally occurs in late August, and aligns the city runoff election with the statewide general election, which generally occurs in early November. Qualifying dates and any early voting and vote-by-mail voting, will be consistent with the respective primary or general election dates. Because city elections will coincide with statewide elections, the services of the county canvassing board will be used. However, if a special municipal election is held, the services of a municipal board of canvassers will be used.

Other than ordinance changes necessitated by the amendments to the Charter Laws, additional revisions to Chapter 9 are needed in order to...

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