Huntington town election marked by low turnout


Staff Writer
Published: 5/24/2022 9:07:25 AM

HUNTINGTON — A low turnout at the annual town election on Saturday brought no surprises.

Only 63 of the town’s 1,608 registered voters cast ballots for a turnout of less than 4%. There were no contested elections on the ballot, although several candidates were elected as write-ins.

Town Clerk Linda Hamlin said more people than usual didn’t get their paperwork in on time, and attributed this to COVID-19 discombobulating people. The only non-incumbent elected Saturday was Eric Steins, who won a 1-year term as tree warden. He was elected as a write-in candidate.

Huntington will have a special election from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, where residents will vote on two Proposition 2½ overrides to fund the library and ambulance service. That election will take place at Stanton Hall.

Hamlin attributed the low turnout for the town election to the coming special election and the lack of contested races, as well as the election falling on the same day as Chester On Track. The railroading event was the first live Chester On Track since 2019.

“It always conflicts with us,” Hamlin said.

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