Bay Rising Action endorses a YES vote on Prop H, which would move city elections from odd years to even years. Voter turnout doubles in even years because voters are already voting in larger elections at the state and federal levels. If we were to consolidate local elections to take place in even years, more community voices would be heard in our local elections, strengthening our democracy.
The measure would also save the local government $6.9 million each odd-numbered fiscal year. In the past five years, more than 55 cities in California have made the switch from odd-year city elections to even-year cycles, including Los Angeles and San Jose, because of the tremendous voter turnout increase in even-year elections.