Hagerstown Amends Charter To Move Election Dates

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Hagerstown City Council has amended its charter to move the city’s municipal elections to coincide with the presidential elections.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports the council amended the charter Tuesday. The new schedule calls for the city’s primary to be held April 3, 2012 and the general election on Nov. 6, 2012.

The charter amendments take effect in August. The change also eliminates the Board of Supervisors of Elections from the city’s charter. Elections will be conducted by the Washington County Board of Elections starting in 2012.

The decision follows a ballot question during the 2009 municipal election on the topic. Voters in the nonbinding referendum overwhelmingly supported the change.

Election officials told the council the city could save $60,000 to $125,000 if the election dates were changed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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