Huntington Town Council District Creation (2009)

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The Huntington Town Council District Creation measure was on the December 22 ballot in Suffolk County for voters in the town of Huntington.

This measure failed

  • YES 3,834 (18.71%)
  • NO 16,657 (81.29%) Defeatedd[1]

Since the petition was approved, the signatures are verified by the town council, this measure was now able to be on the December ballot. This measure sought to create council districts that each member would be voted from. Currently each member of the council is voted by the entire town, they are not specific to a certain area of the town. This would have created districts instead and each district would vote in one council member from their area. This has been tried before in 2005, but the petition did not acquire enough valid signatures. Those backing the petition want to make it clear that it is not one party against another, but rather the town as a whole deciding that things need to change.[2]

As of October 20th, the petition had been turned in and was being reviewed by the council. Opponents say that creating districts would split the town's interests and that would be more detrimental to the town than beneficial. The group that passed around the petition aimed for more signatures than needed in case there were invalid ones present.[3] Petitioners turned in enough signatures and they were validated by the council. There was an issue with the election date, those that filed the petition on the November ballot but council members wanted in in 2010. But petitioners argued that was too late, a December date was set as a compromise.[4]

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