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Wayne Post
  • Voting machine malfunctions delay Palmyra mayor, trustee results

  • The Wayne County Board of Elections is manually counting ballots today after two voting machines in Palmyra malfunctioned.

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  • Village of Palmyra residents will have to wait a little longer to find out who their new mayor will be after voting machine malfunctions have caused Wayne County Board of Elections officials to decide to manually count the paper ballots.
    Running for mayor to replace current Mayor Vicky Daly are Democrat Jim Elliott and Republican Christopher J. Piccola. Also on the ballot in the village of Palmyra are two trustee seats. Running are Democrats John C.J. Graham and Donald G. Valley and Republicans Pat Nolan, an incumbent, and Rick Perry.
    Bob Daly, husband of the mayor, said this morning that Board of Elections technicians responded yesterday to the Palmyra Fire Hall — the polling site for Districts 1, 2 and 3 — when one of the voting machines began malfunctioning.
    “They started directing voters to the second machine,” he said. “Then that one started acting up.”
    He said voters were able to continue to use the machines throughout the day yesterday, but that the Board of Elections reported it wasn’t confident in the electronic count of ballots.
    The machines were taken to the Board of Elections Office in Lyons where officials will manually count the paper ballots, he said. The results are expected to be released later today.
    He said there were no issues with the voting machines at the two other polling locations in Palmyra, at the Palmyra Town Hall and the East Palmyra Fire House.
    Other results that were announced last night included the race for the newly-drawn 24th Congressional District. It was a rematch between Democrat Dan Maffei and incumbent Republican Ann Marie Buerkle.
    This year, Maffei defeated Buerkle. According to unofficial results, Maffei took 48 percent of the vote, with 130,508 votes, compared to 44 percent for Buerkle, with 117,904 votes.
    In the village of Lyons, residents voted in favor of dissolving in a close count with 569 votes in favor of dissolution and 524 against it.
    The vote was open to village residents only, and the choice to dissolve will mean the village must now develop a plan with the town that addresses special districts. The decision leaves much up in the air, including the future of the police department, what services the town will opt to continue providing to village residents and how much those services will cost taxpayers.
    In the village of Newark, Republicans Kurt Werts and Jonathan Taylor took the two open seats on the Newark Village Board.
    Taylor received the most votes with 1,734, incumbent Werts received 1,699 votes to return to his seat on the board and incumbent Republican Chris Avery received 711.
    Werts and Taylor will join Mayor Peter Blandino and trustees Helen Blandino and John Zornow on the village board in January.
    —Includes reporting by Tammy Whitacre and Messenger Post news partner News 10NBC
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