Apalachicola will be sticking to its odd numbered year elections, at least for now.
A motion Tuesday night by Commissioner Brenda Ash, which would have shortened two commissioner terms and moved the 2021 elections to this fall, died for lack of a second.
The move would have mean that the terms of both Ash and Grove would have been up in 2020, rather than 2021.
Mayor Kevin Begos said he was startled to learn that the 2019 elections cost, for the initial balloting and the runoff, about $24,000, with more than two-thirds of that money, more than $18,000, going entirely to pay a ballot printer in Nebraska
“Originally I was on the fence, I’m willing to support this now,” he said. “We can research this further, but we may lose our chance
“I was astonished at the cost, and most of it going to a high-tech ballot printer in Nebraska,” Begos said. “The most secure way is hand counting a ballot, you could actually count those ballots by hand within a day or two.”
Grove said a typical city election costs must less, more like $9,000, and that with the city’s last turnout about 68 percent, she didn’t see the need to boost turnout by aligning the elections with county, state or federal ones.
“I worry we’re going to go the other way and we’ll just get lost,” she said. “I feel like that autonomy is important. I like the fact our elections are nonpartisan and not mixed up in the presidential race.”
Last year the city of Carrabelle made the move to even-numbered years, under the complete authority of the county supervisor of elections office.
Qualifying dates are June 8 through 12, with City Clerk Keisha Messer. Up for grabs will be the job of Carrabelle mayor and the two at-large commissioner seats.