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January 17, 2013

Essex County fails to reappoint election chief

Essex Board didn't act onGOP recommendation

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One of the board’s senior Republicans, Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava (R-Moriah) said it is true the Board of Elections was told that election results must be posted sooner.

“The election night results are a controversy. With the new machines, it was supposed to be instantaneous. Now you’re hanging around until midnight to get the results.”

FELL THROUGH CRACKS?

The real reason Sherman’s appointment wasn’t acted upon may be that, with the recent death of Supervisor Joyce Morency (R-St.Armand), the board’s senior Republican, no one else knew the procedure, Scozzafava speculated.

“With Joyce not being there, nobody took the reins over to discuss it as a body,” he said. “The issue fell through the cracks.”

Scozzafava said he didn’t know the timeframe for an election-commissioner appointment until County Attorney Daniel Manning III sent them a letter about it earlier this month.

“No one moved a resolution for reappointment,” he said. “Nothing transpired. It’s a political process, and it certainly is political. I don’t have any issues personally with either commissioner.”

A Westport resident, Sherman was appointed commissioner in January 2010. 

In Essex County, election commissioners are part-time, while deputy commissioners are full-time.

Email Lohr McKinstry:

lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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