SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – San Francisco will not offer voting on the Saturday before election day this year.

The plan has been shelved after its backers failed to raise the $2.4 million needed to fund it. City voters approved a proposition last fall in favor of the Saturday voting pilot project this November.

But, the proposition was contingent on private funding.

Alex Tourk, the initiative’s main sponsor, said he is not giving up on the plan, which was intended to increase turnout. He wants city elections officials to consider the possibility of using volunteers instead of paid workers to staff polling places on Saturday.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

San Francisco elections chief John Arntz said an additional day of voting is not easy to set up.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)


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