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Village handing over election reins to Warren County

LAKE GEORGE - Village trustees have endorsed the idea of turning over the administration of the annual village election beginning in 2012 to the Warren County Board of Elections.

At their monthly board meeting held Dec. 20, village trustees balked at a formal vote to approve the change, however, until they receive a firm price for the services from the county Board of Elections officials.

Village Clerk Darlene Gunther noted that the proposed change was due to the new computerized scanning voting machines that require custom-printed ballots, testing and maintenance by certified technicians, and secure monitoring and storage to prevent tampering or failure.

Gunther said the change in election administration would be subject to a permissive referendum, which means that anyone filing a petition challenging the decision within 30 days of the vote could force a public referendum on the proposal.

This year's election, to be held Tuesday March 15, would be conducted by village employees under the auspices of the county Board of Elections.

Up for re-election in March 2011 are Mayor Blais, and trustees Ray Perry and John Earl. Each office is a four-year term.

As of late afternoon Tuesday - the first day to pick up a petition for a candidacy in the village - no one picked up a petition to challenge the incumbents.

Blais is one of the longest-serving village mayors in New York State - he has been mayor since march 1971, and he served as a trustee for four years prior.

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