Election date for referendum yields confusion

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August 17, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, New York: The town of Orchard Park will decide on September 23, 2009 whether or not to reduce the size of its Town Board from five to three. The decision has stirred up controversy within the town, since the election will not take place on the primary election date or the general election date.

Kevin P. Gaughan stated after the meeting that the decision was a way reduce voter turnout: “For a normal Orchard Park vote, whether it be Primary Day or Election Day, there are 10 polling places. They reduced it to one. What does that tell you? That happens in Iran. It shouldn’t happen in Orchard Park. That’s a clear effort to try to keep people away.”[1]

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