Votes will be counted for withdrawn Carbondale candidates
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CARBONDALE – Carbondale voters who have already mailed or turned in their ballots in the April 3 municipal election are out of luck if they voted for either of the two candidates who dropped out of the race.
But if a voter has marked their ballot but not yet mailed it or delivered it to Town Hall, they can declare it a “spoiled ballot” and get a replacement, according to Town Clerk Cathy Derby.
“There’s some not-very-happy people out there, I’ll tell you that,” Derby noted on Tuesday. She has already fielded calls from voters upset by the shrinkage of the candidate list.
Candidates James Breasted and Stacy Stein withdrew from the crowded field of office seekers on Monday, throwing their support behind three others still in the eight-candidate race.
But their names cannot be removed from the ballots, because the deadline for such changes passed weeks ago, according to Town Attorney Mark Hamilton. Any votes the two receive will be counted.
The mail-in ballots list 10 candidates seeking three seats on the Town Board, as well as a ballot question about Carbondale’s ban on plastic shopping bags.
“Technically, once the mailman brings the ballots into Town Hall, they have been received,” said Derby. “And the first ballot received is the one that is counted.” She didn’t have a count of the number of ballots received already.
Hamilton said if Stein or Breasted were to come out in the top three vote-getters, they could resign the position. However, the town’s mayor and remaining trustees would appoint the replacement trustee.
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