HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown voters will decide at the polls in May whether to change the dates on which municipal elections are held.
The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted 5-0 to place the issue on the ballot during the city's May 19 general election, when voters also will choose the next mayor and council.
The city currently holds its primary elections in March and its general elections in May in years that do not coincide with the gubernatorial and presidential elections. If voters decide to change the dates, municipal elections after the one this year would coincide with future presidential elections.
The next municipal election would be held in 2012 if the dates are changed, meaning the mayor and council elected this year would serve 3 1/2 years instead of four.