The election for expanding the original streetcar line is a three-phase process the involves creating a transportation development district (TDD), electing directors to the TDD, and then funding the TDD. These are the important dates in the process:
PHASE 1 – VOTING TO CREATE THE TDD
This phase of the process officially creates the TDD. Residents who live within the boundary of the proposed district determine the fate of the streetcar expansion. This election is conducted entirely by mail. Voters within the TDD must request a ballot, receive it in the mail, fill it out, and then either send it in by mail or drop it off.
April 5, 2017 – Residents who live inside the boundaries of the proposed TDD can begin requesting their ballot.
May 23, 2017 – Request for ballots to vote in the election to create the new TDD are due. (7 Tuesdays after April 4, 2017)
June 20, 2017 – Ballots for the formation election are mailed to people who requested them. (11 Tuesdays after April 4, 2017)
August 1, 2017 – Ballots for the formation election are due. (6 Tuesdays after mailed)
August 11, 2017 – Court certifies the election results. (10 days after ballot deadline)
PHASE 2 – ELECTING TDD DIRECTORS
If voters within the proposed TDD vote to officially create a new district, the next step is Phase 2, the election of TDD directors. Unlike Phase 1, this is an election that takes place at the polls.
August 11, 2017 – The court orders director election.
October 10, 2017 – Voters within the TDD vote at a polling place for the director(s) of their choice.
PHASE 3 – VOTING TO FUND THE TDD
The last phase of the process, after creating the district and electing directors, is to vote to fund the district. Like Phase 1, this phase is conducted by mail.
November 3, 2017 – The court orders an election to be held by mail to secure the funding stream for the new TDD. Voters within the TDD may begin requesting ballots.
December 19, 2017 – Request for ballots to vote in the election to fund the new TDD are due. (7 Tuesdays after court order)
January 9, 2018 – Ballots for the funding election are mailed to people who requested them. (11 Tuesdays after court order)
February 20, 2018 – Ballots for the funding election are due. (6 Tuesdays after mailed)
March 2, 2018 – Court certifies the funding election results. (10 days after ballot deadline)