Orchard Park Town Board Reduction Referendum, 2009

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The Orchard Park Town Board Reduction Measure was on the September 23, 2009 special election ballot in Erie County, New York in the town of Orchard Park.

Local civic activist Kevin Gaughan, began the petition for referendum to reduce the town board because he wanted to decrease the decision-making authority of the town’s politicians. This, he stated, would allow the decision making to fall more on the shoulders of the town residents.

The decision to not have the vote on the primary or general election date has stirred up controversy within the town. 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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