Election Day Nor’easter Hampers Voter Turnout

By Chris Paul

Local town and school elections never see the voter turnout that Federal and State elections have, but add in the fact that early morning snow covered all of the roadways, made the result seeing far less people willing to make it to the polls this year.
According to the election results, there were 1,413 voters who cast their ballots during the Tuesday, March 14, annual Town and School Election at the Londonderry High School gym. There were also 473 absentee ballots cast prior to election day, totaling 1,886 out of the 17,729 registered voters in town.
The lower-than-usual voter turnout can be largely attributed to the Nor’easter that blanketed the state throughout the day Tuesday, making roads extremely treacherous.
The decision to not postpone the elections was made Monday afternoon, March 13, when weather predictions were showing rain until about noon. That prediction was off by about six hours.
The result of the election had most Town and School articles passed by voters, and also saw two incumbents lose their re-election bids.

The following are the election results for both School and the Town.

TOWN

TOWN COUNCIL
Two Elected
W-Ron Dunn 907
W-Ted Combes 756
Shawn Faber 672
Joseph Green 516
Tammy Siekmann 500
Write-In 7; Overvotes 4; Undervotes 408

BUDGET COMMITTEE
Three-Year Term
Three Elected
W-Ryan Cronin 824
W-Joseph M Gagnon 686
W-Sarah Meier 678
Paul Skudlarek 642
Tara Myles 582
Kate Burbidge 570
Write-In 16; Overvotes 0; Undervotes 1,657

BUDGET COMMITTEE
One-Year Term
One Elected
W-Maureen Hardy 1,304
Write-Ins 21; Overvotes 0; Undervotes 560

MODERATOR
One Elected
W-Jonathan Kipp 1,306
Write-Ins 31; Overvotes 0; Undervotes 548

LIBRARY TRUSTEES
Three-Year Term
Two Elected
W-Christine Fitzgerald 781
W-Helen Palmieri 502
W-Robert J. Collins 434
Susan Garrity 391
Azra Palo 366
Write-Ins 4; Overvotes 36; Undervotes 1,256

TRUSTEES OF TRUST FUNDS
One Elected
Write-Ins 179; Overvotes 0; Undervotes 1,706

CEMETERY TRUSTEE
One-Year Term
One Elected
W-Karen Pied 1,170
Write-Ins 79; Overvotes 0; Undervotes 636

CEMETERY TRUSTEE
Two-Year Term
One Elected
Maria Barud 1,245
Write-Ins 20; Overvotes 0; Undervotes 620

CEMETERY TRUSTEE
Three-Year Term
One Elected
Write-Ins 197; Overvotes 0; Undervotes 1,688

ARTICLE 2 – Treasurer Charter Amendment
Failed – NO 999 to YES 800
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 86

ARTICLE 3 – Operating Budget
Passed – YES 1,193 to NO 632
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 60

ARTICLE 4 – Expendable Maintenance Trust Fund
Passed – YES 1,115 to NO 709
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 61

ARTICLE 5 – Roadway Maintenance Trust Fund
Passed – YES 1,200 to NO 627
Overvotes 1; Undervotes 57

ARTICLE 6 – DPW Equipment Vehicle Lease
Passed – YES 1,095 to NO 731
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 59

ARTICLE 7 – FD Equipment Capital Reserve
Passed – YES 1,273 to NO 565
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 47

ARTICLE 8 – Pillsbury Cemetery Expense
Passed – YES 1,017 to NO 814
Overvotes 2; Undervotes 51

ARTICLE 9 – IT Capital Reserve
Passed – YES 1,137 to NO 698
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 49

ARTICLE 10 – Recreation Department Capital Reserve
Passed – YES 1,203 to NO 636
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 45

ARTICLE 11 – Police Department Union Contract
Passed – YES 1,238 to NO 597
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 49

ARTICLE 12 – Union Contract Special Meeting
Passed – YES 1,286 to NO 482
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 116

ARTICLE 13 – Library Technicial Position
Failed – NO 1,017 to YES 764
Overvotes 1; Undervotes 102

ARTICLE 14 – Cable Equipment Capital Reserve
Passed – YES 1,173 to NO 603
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 108

ARTICLE 15 – Water System Support
Passed – YES 1,391 to NO 399
Overvotes 1; Undervotes 93

ARTICLE 16 – Other Business
Passed – YES 1,072 to NO 462
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 350


SCHOOL DISTRICT

SCHOOL BOARD
Three-Year Term
Two Elected
W-Robert Slater 1,293
W-Tim Porter 1,057
Amy Finamore 787
Write-In 13; Overvotes 0; Undervotes 0

ARTICLE 2 – BOND Infrastructure (3/5 vote required to pass)
Passed – YES 1,320 to NO 526
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 40

ARTICLE 3 – Operating Budget
A: 1,081 to B: 745
Overvotes 1; Undervotes 59

ARTICLE 4 – Custodians Contract
Passed – YES 1,351 to NO 474
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 61

ARTICLE 5 – Special Meeting for Custodians Contract.
Passed – YES 1,278 to NO 520
Overvotes 1; Undervotes 87

ARTICLE 6 – School Lunch Program
Passed – YES 1,532 to NO 293
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 61

ARTICLE 7 – Building Security
Passed – YES 1,319 to NO 503
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 64

ARTICLE 8 – Building & Grounds Capital Reserve
Passed – YES 1,128 to NO 690
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 68

ARTICLE 9 – IT Network Capital Reserve
Passed – YES 1,218 to NO 610
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 57

ARTICLE 10 – Computer Devices
Passed – YES 1,306 to NO 531
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 48

ARTICLE 11 – Equipment Capital Reserve
Passed – YES 1,310 NO 515
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 60

ARTICLE 12 – Vehicle & Mach. Capital Reserve
Passed – YES 1,248 to NO 577
Overvotes 0; Undervotes 60

Note: Results from Town of Londonderry Moderator and Town Clerk

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