Hundreds of write-in votes not tallied yet

Dayton elections unsettled

DAYTON — The elections in Dayton have not been settled.

Angie M. Mardino-Miller received 236 votes for supervisor, but another 235 write-in votes were received. Also, Thomas Chupa received 226 votes for highway superintendent, but another 256 write-in votes were received.

According to the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections, the names of the write-in candidates have not been tallied. The board is waiting until Nov. 19 for absentee ballots and then at that time they will begin recanvassing the vote, including tallying all the write-in candidates.

David Kohler had been actively pursuing a write-in candidacy for town supervisor, while Brian Taber, who is the current highway superintendent, was actively pursuing a write-in candidacy to stay in his current position. Both published an article about their candidacy.

Neither Kohler, nor Taber’s names were on the ballot. It is unknown if they received any or all of the write-in votes or if there were other candidates.

The other races appear to have been decided. For town clerk, Ruth Bennett, who ran unopposed, received 400 votes, while 11 write-in votes were received. For town justice, Linda Frost, who ran unopposed, received 383 votes, while three write-in votes were received. There were two open seats on the town council. Jake Hansen-Ivett received 385 votes and Paul Luce received 61 votes. Another 30 write-in votes were received.


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