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March 20, 2013

Champlain Village dissolution vote fails

Tally was 199-59, but some question legality of ballots

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HEAVY TURNOUT

Voters turned out in force.

“It’s been swamped,” Barcomb had said at about 12:45. “There’s been a steady line since we opened at noon.”

About 50 voters had taken their turns in the booth at that point, with the option of voting “yes” or “no” on dissolving their government.

That’s as many as might turn out altogether to vote at uncontested elections, Barcomb noted.

As of about 6 p.m., 222 voters had cast their ballots.

Barcomb had thought the winter storm moving through the region might have kept voters at home, but so far, she said, it didn’t seem that way.

“At least the roads aren’t too bad,” she said.

 ACCEPTS LOSS

Triller bowed to the majority.

“Roughly, a third (of votes) is what we got,” he said. “Almost consistent with the (number of) people who signed the petition.”

The issue with the ballots, however, he said, “is still a bone of contention. We do not have a legal decision on whether the proceeding was proper or not.”

But while he wants the village to make sure such a lapse doesn’t happen again, he didn’t see the point of having the vote declared void and holding another one.

“Based on the number of votes, I think it would be too hard an imposition on the people and the board itself,” he said. “The count was so far apart — there’s no argument.”

On the bright side, Triller said, “I got two write-ins on the ballot for mayor.”

Dissolution can’t come up again for four years.

The mayor wasn’t thinking that far ahead, though.

The village’s attorney is due back on April 4, he said, and the board would consult with him over the ballot issue.

“And he will have to certify the election.”

Email Suzanne Moore:smoore@pressrepublican.com

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