Scottsdale voters approve local election date change

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Scottsdale residents voted Tuesday, Nov. 8 to adopt Proposition 490, which re-words parts of the City Charter to clarify when elections are and when candidates begin.

According to unofficial results on the Maricopa County Recorder website, about 90 percent of votes went in favor of Prop 490.

With the voters’ affirmative vote, Scottsdale will amend parts of its City Charter, clarifying that elections will happen on the same day as state elections.

Additionally, mayors and city councilmen elected will take office in the first regular meeting in January immediately following the general election.

Since 2008, the city has had its elections in November because of the vague wording in the charter.

According to the charter, primary elections shall occur on “the first calendar date authorized by state law.” If there is no such law, then primary elections shall be held on the third Tuesday in February.

The charter also states the general election “shall be held on the fourth Tuesday in March” if there is no state law authorizing the election to occur on the first calendar date.

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