Brooksville City Council member Lara Bradburn is backing a winner with her proposal to have Hernando County take responsibility for overseeing city elections. This week Bradburn persuaded her colleagues to discuss the idea in more detail at an upcoming meeting.
As City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha and county Supervisor of Elections Annie Williams examine the proposal more closely, they should look for the opportunity to decrease costs and increase consistency in this most democratic of processes.
The city has different deadlines than the county for candidates to qualify for election, which has created unnecessary confusion. The council should change its rules, or if necessary amend its charter, to make those filing dates consistent with county elections.
In addition, according to Bradburn, some candidates have received favored treatment in the way their candidacies were announced, and information about some candidates' expenditures and contributions were not forwarded to the county promptly.
If the Supervisor of Elections Office takes over that responsibility, it should insulate the city staff from any accusations about favoritism or inefficiency. And if it can save taxpayers a few bucks in the process, all the better. The council should be keen to approve Bradburn's suggestion.