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City Clerk Kathryn Young stood outside the City Administration Building on Tuesday, talking to several workers as they accepted last-minute ballots for the mayoral election.

I asked Young a logical question: How many votes did she think would be cast on the final day?

She looked at me strangely and answered, "I don't have a clue."

Wrong answer. Young runs city elections. She should have had a good idea, based on reports and early drop-offs. But she didn't, and saw no problem with that.

It's just one of many issues to be addressed now that this election is over. (Coverage of Steve Bach's win starts here.)

As for what we learned from this endless mayoral race, which often felt more like a pregnancy than a campaign?

We learned that the city, while going through many other changes, shouldn't forget to closely examine its elections. Perhaps the time has come to let the county run them for the city. And while we're at it, why not do away with April elections? Why not move them to November, meaning one election day a year? The city could stay with its odd-year elections, but share that ballot with other municipalities and school districts.

Also, there's no need for six weeks between the first round and a mayoral runoff. Three weeks would be fine, and a runoff would be done before December.

Those issues are worth exploring. The sooner, the better.

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