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Mayville’s trustee race is over

The only race that was too close to be called on election night was certified.

The Chautauqua County Board of Elections has announced that Mark Perry and Bill Ward have won the Mayville village commissioner election. The two, along with outgoing director Eagle Harrington, are vying for two director seats this year.

Perry received 469 votes and Ward received 314 votes, while Harrington received 306 votes. Perry has been endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans; Ward was endorsed by the Democratic Party; and Harrington were endorsed by the Republican Party. On election night, it was announced that Richard Syper had defeated Jean Lobaugh for mayville in Mayville. Syper, of the Republican Party, received 315 votes while Lobaugh, who was endorsed by the Democratic Party, received 277 votes.

Syper is now a trustee and will step down when sworn in as mayor, leaving a vacancy on the village council. The position is expected to be appointed by nomination and then elected in November 2023 for the remainder of Syper’s term.

Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram said the change was a combination of supplemental mail-in ballots, sworn ballots and manual recounts.

Ward beat Harrington for the seat by eight votes. On election night, it was announced that Ward had raised six votes.

“There was a manual count that determined that there was one instance where someone used what we believe to be a pencil instead of a marking device to fill in an oval,” he stated.

Manual counting is activated in smaller elections when 20 votes or less separate the two candidates. For larger races, a recount takes place when there is less than half of a 1% difference between the two candidates. “In this case (Mayville admin), 20 or less is in the range we’re looking at,” Abram said.

Abram said it’s not too unusual for at least one race in each election cycle to require a manual recount. “Here in Chautauqua County there always seems to be at least one race, and often multiple races,” he said.

As for the sworn ballots, Abram said they are used when someone believes they are registered to vote but, for some reason, are not listed on the ballot book. “Maybe they moved or changed their name, or something just didn’t sit right with the voters, so instead of handing them a ballot on election day, we hand them a ballot with a statement on it. swear,” he said.  The names of those who voted by sworn ballot are sent to the State Board of Elections to certify that the person did not vote anywhere else in the state.

“A supercomputer compares all individuals from all 62 counties to see if there are any names, such as birth dates,” he said.

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