POLK COUNTY -- A measure to make Polk County Board of Commissioners seats nonpartisan will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election.
Chief petitioners Dave Weston and Danny Jaffer, along with supporters, were able to gather 2,300 signatures in support of the measure, which were turned in to the Polk County Clerk's Office earlier this week.
Petitioners needed to collect 1,779 valid signatures by Aug. 10 to qualify the measure for the ballot.
If approved in November, Ballot Measure 27-105 would take effect in the May 2012 primary.
All candidates for open board of commissioners seats would appear on the primary ballot of each Polk County registered voter if the measure succeeds. The top two voter-getters for each seat in the primary would run against each other in the fall general election. If one candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, however, he or she will be declared the winner.
Petitioners were free to begin gathering signatures after the June 21 deadline to file a challenge to the ballot tile passed.
"The signatures crossed all lines; political, age, gender to name three," Weston said. "It seemed there was a lot of enthusiasm for this."