Advertisement
 
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Amsterdam, NY ,
Advertisement

Voting results discarded in village of Ames

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - Updated: 4:30 PM

By HEATHER NELLIS

Recorder News Staff

AMES -- Officials chucked the village's election results Tuesday because of a ill-designed ballot, and a do-over will be scheduled at a date to be determined.

It's unknown who was chosen in Tuesday's two-way contest for mayor, and three-way contest for two trustees. The results were kept sealed, impounded, and put in the care of the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Officials said though the mistakes on the ballot were noticed quickly, the election was already underway, and the common sentiment was that it was too late to fix it. Rather than open the results, and open the potential for naysaying, it was easiest to start from scratch.

"I believe it's the right thing to do," said mayoral candidate and outgoing Trustee Richard Wilday.

"Even though I thought results would have been valid, I was comfortable with that," said Wilday's opponent, Donald Krutz. "I didn't think anyone did anything wrong intentionally, I just think it's a small village, and it's been a long time since there were that many people on the ballot."

The ballot didn't include a write-in space for the mayor's race, and grouped the trustee candidates in such a way that candidate Katie Bottger was practically guaranteed election in the three-way race. Incumbent Michael McMahon and Sandy Malcolm were grouped into a single box, advising voters to "pick one," pitting them against one another, while Bottger held her own line on the ballot, advising voters to "pick one" for that space, too.

"If even one voter walked away confused, it's worth doing the election over again," McMahon said. "It's too important -- we can't take elections lightly."

To put another twist in the matter, Bottger was appointed village clerk at a business meeting last week, and no longer desired election as a trustee, though she'd still appear on the ballot anyway. Bottger's appointment fulfills the vacancy created by the resignation of Mari R. Bartholomew, McMahon said.

McMahon said in the next election, whenever it's scheduled, the village will seek the advisement of the county election board to guide the design of the ballot.

"The decision to invalidate the results was unanimous amongst the candidates," McMahon said. "We thought it important to take the high road, and decide to do this before we counted the ballots, so there was no advantage to any candidate."

McMahon said the village's election doesn't utilize an electronic voting machine, rather a ballot box, but the state has indicated this is the last year villages are allowed to use anything but the electronic machines.

     

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Advertisement
The Recorder Sports Schedule

 

The Recorder Newscast

Most Popular

    Producers offering lead roles for movie
    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    Band on the run B-P board may review decision
    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Familiar face to take over La Cucina
    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Suspect arrested for Amsterdam vehicle thefts
    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Nana's Bakerz Dozen opens downtown
    Monday, November 17, 2014

    Lady Patriots volleyball to play for state title
    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Crime stats on the rise
    Monday, November 17, 2014

    City getting a handle on its number of homeless veterans
    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Alderwoman investigation Porch complaint occupies agenda of ethics panel
    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Patriots return eight players from last season's 16-6 squad
    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Advertisement

Copyright © Port Jackson Media, LLC.

Privacy Policies: Recorder

Contact Us

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook