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Petitions for East Aurora Elections are Due by Feb. 8
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Petitions for East Aurora Elections are Due by Feb. 8

by Jeremy Morlock

Village residents who are considering running for a seat on the East Aurora Village Board are now able to pick up independent nominating petitions at Village Hall (571 Main St.). Between now and Feb. 8, those political aspirants must gather the signatures of at least 100 registered village voters.

The terms of trustees Kevin Biggs, Peter Mercurio and Libby Weberg will expire this spring, with new or re-elected trustees to take office in early April. Biggs, Mercurio and Weberg each won re-election in 2009, edging out challenger Susan McBurney. Candidates in Village of East Aurora elections have traditionally run independently from major political parties.
Signed petitions must be filed at the village offices between Tues., Feb. 1 and the close of the business day, 4 p.m., on Tues., Feb. 8. Those with questions about the process can contact Village Hall at 652-6000.

The elections will be held Tues., March 15 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Village Hall. Previous years’ elections began at noon, but in April 2010 the board voted to extend those hours, citing requests from several residents and the early arrival of several prospective voters each year. At a work session Monday, Clerk-Treasurer Joyce Jezewski told the board that it will need to expend additional funds, roughly $540, to cover the additional hours worked by elections inspectors. The budget transfer is likely to be approved at the Jan. 18 meeting.

Jezewski said that this year’s election will feature two voting machines and six inspectors. The 2010 election had a high turnout, but only one machine was used by the village. The Board of Elections had initially indicated only one machine would be available, and when a second machine became available, the village did not have enough elections inspectors on hand to operate it.

This article originally appeared in the East Aurora Advertiser newspaper and its website, www.eastaurorany.com. It is republished with permission.

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