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Proposition passes after absentee ballots counted

November 30, 2011
By JENNA LOUGHLIN, EDITOR
WESTFIELD — Six votes.

That is the number of votes separating the yays and the nays for Proposition No. 1.

The proposition on the ballot this past Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8 would increase the terms of office for the Town Supervisor, Town Clerk and Highway Superintendent from two to four years. On election night, the proposition appeared to have failed with 597 votes against it and 586 votes for.

However, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, absentee ballots were counted in Mayville starting at 10 a.m., and once the 64 ballots and three affidavits were counted, the result had changed. The final vote count found 623 in favor of the proposition and 617 against.

This new rule gives the three offices the same term lengths Town Councilmen and Town Justices already serve. It will take effect Jan. 1, 2012 and will apply to those elected to the three offices during this months elections, Town Supervisor Martha R. Bills, Town Clerk Timothy C. Smith and Highway Superintendent David Babcock.

There were 104 absentee ballots mailed out in the Town of Westfield. None of the other races on the ballot were close enough to be affected by the 64 that were returned.



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