Village vote may change: BOE commissioner asks villages to move elections to November

— The trustee seats of Gary Butterfield and Fred Fergerson will come to a vote on June 18.

Atkinson is a Democrat. The Democrats are currently seeking candidates for office; they’re accepting resumes until March 1.

Meanwhile, Butterfield is a Republican; Fergerson is not enrolled in a party.

Czarny maintains that moving village elections to the fall would save money, but Liverpool presently spends less than $600 to conduct its June elections.

The 2012 election, in which three incumbent office-holders ran unopposed, cost the village $570, Sims said. Some 1,600 registered voters reside in the mile-square village, but less than 70 turned out to cast ballots in the 2012 village election.

In North Syracuse, meanwhile, the last election took place in 2011. A total of 445 turned out to vote; the village spent approximately $1,300 on the process. There are a total of 4,071 registered voters within village limits.

When the villages switch to Optimal Scan voting machines, the cost of each election would rise to more than $1,400 with one machine and more than $2,200 if two machines were needed, Sims said. New York state has set a deadline of December 2014 for all polling places to utilize the new voting machines.

Meanwhile, Czarny predicts that voter turnout would swell in the villages if their elections took place in November. “On average there’s a better turnout in November,” he said.

Liverpool Trustee Dennis Hebert agrees, and he urged the village board to consider the move in the future when the village could save money by avoiding the cost of new voting machines.

If the board approves scheduling the village election in November next year, it appears that trustees Nick Kochan and Jim Rosier would automatically get an extra five months tacked onto their two-year terms. Village Justice Anthony LaValle would also work an extra five months on the bench before he seeks re-election in 2014.

But White’s not sure how that issue might be handled.

“We really haven’t looked that far ahead yet,” he said.

The Liverpool village board is also considering extending the mayor’s term from two to four years, but the trustees have said their own two-year terms should remain.

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