San Francisco Consolidation of Odd-Year Municipal Elections, Proposition D (November 2012)
Right now, the city's election for city attorney and treasurer are at a different time of year than its elections for mayor, sheriff and district attorney. If Proposition D is approved, all the city's municipal elections will take place on the same date.
A city attorney and treasurer election is scheduled for November 2013. That election will take place as scheduled, if Proposition D is approved. However, instead of electing those candidates to the typical four-year term, they will only be elected to a two-year term. Then, in November 2015, elections will take place again for those offices (along with elections for mayor, sheriff and district attorney). The November 2015 elections for city attorney and treasurer will, once again, be for four-year terms.
The San Francisco Democratic Party and Republic Party support Proposition D.
Proposition D has been endorsed by the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle, writing, "This consolidation would save money, give voters a focused look at major offices, and eliminate the numbing frequency of elections."
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Proposition D: "Proposes to change the election cycle for the offices of City Attorney and Treasurer so that these offices will be elected in the same years as the elections for the offices of Mayor, District Attorney, and Sheriff. In addition, this measure proposes to amend the definition of general municipal election so that such elections occur only in even-numbered years and every other odd-numbered year."|
Path to the ballot
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place Proposition D on the ballot.
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Prop. D seeks to move low-turnout races", September 16, 2012
- San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. ballot choices, November 2012", October 19, 2012
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.