Patch Poll: Did You Vote for Town Council?
For the first time ever, candidates appeared on the November ballot. Did it make a difference?
The Leesburg Town Council helds its first November election on Tuesday. This was a big deal to many of the candidates, who would normally appear on the ballot early spring. Council member and candidate Katie Hammler said, "the November ballot has set the standards for future elections."
The change came last November, when 74.9 percent of voters thought it made sense to wait until the fall compared to 25.09 percent who felt that no change should be made.
In response, Mayor Kristen Umstattd said that she was not surprised.
“I'm actually looking forward to a November election,” Umstattd said. “Personally, it will give me and the other candidates more time to reach more voters door-to-door.”
A number of town council members were hoping the change would increase voter turnout. On Tuesday, Chief Election Officer Richard Claar said local elections don’t usually have a big turnout.
“I don’t think that’s having an effect on this election. I think when you have the presidential election that is the major thing,” he said, adding that he hopes everyone will take the time to vote for the town officials. “I hope somebody does a study after this to see if it was really worth while combining the town election with the federal election.”
That being said, Leesburg Patch wants to hear from you. Did you vote for the candidates who appeared on the ballot for town council, or did you skip that portion of the ballot? If so, do you still prefer the council election to be held in November? Answer the poll below and feel free to leave your comments.