Politics and Elections

November 17, 2011

Essex Co. recanvas overturns one supervisor result, confirms two others

Two others affirmed by Essex County absentees

ELIZABETHTOWN — A general election recanvasss has reversed Ronald Moore's loss to Hugh Myrtle in the North Hudson town supervisor contest.

All five absentee ballots counted Wednesday at Essex County Board of Elections were cast for Moore, a Republican, making him the winner, 74 to 72.

Myrtle, a Democrat, had been ahead on election night by three votes, 72-69.

Wednesday's recanvass also showed challenger Margaret Bartley widening her lead by 16 votes in the Elizabethtown town supervisor contest.

In the Essex town supervisor race, incumbent Sharon Boisen won the majority of absentee ballots to secure another term.

On election night, Bartley, a Democrat, was ahead of incumbent Elizabethtown Town Supervisor Noel Merrihew III by nine votes, 226-217.


During the recanvass, out of 49 absentee ballots cast, Bartley picked up 28 votes and Merrihew had 21 more, to make the unofficial totals 254 for Bartley and 238 for Merrihew.

Merrihew, a Republican, has served five two-year terms as Elizabethtown's town supervisor.

"I'm proud that I'm leaving the town in a solid financial position," he said after the results were announced. "I hope people take a look around at our businesses, streets and parks. I'm passing the torch with pride. The town is in great shape."

Bartley said she'll devote herself to making Elizabethtown an even better place to live and work.

"I'm looking forward to working with the people of Elizabethtown. I see a great future for the town."

Bartley and Merrihew were at the Board of Elections recanvass and shook hands when the results were announced.

Merrihew said he would be happy to assist Bartley with the transition. She takes office Jan. 1, 2012.


For Essex town supervisor, independent Boisen kept her lead Wednesday, garnering 26 absentee votes, to seven for Republican Frank Walls.

On election night, Boisen led by eight votes over Walls, 150-142, and the recanvass made the totals 176 for Boisen and 149 for Walls.

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