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Election Day Brings Mount Pleasant to the Polls

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – With three contested local races, Mount Pleasant residents came out in steady numbers to vote at the polls through Tuesday afternoon.

Kathryn Kerpchar, a Thornwood residents, said she felt that it was time for change in many different levels of government. “The representatives that are in our local government now are not representing what the people in this town want,” Kerpchar said.

Kerpchar said she voted for Republican and Conservative candidate Michael Smith in the District 3 County Legislator race.  Smith is running as a challenger against incumbent John Nonna on the Democrat, Working Families and Independence lines.  Kerpchar said she believes Smith could help county executive Rob Astorino with many issues that she feels are important, such as taxes and the affordable housing settlement with the federal government.

Yet not every voter was as informed as Kerpchar.  Art Thompson of Hawthorne said he voted without any knowledge of the candidates on this year’s ballot. “It came as a surprise to me the other day that the 8th was Election Day and I’m retired so I didn’t have anything else to do today,” Thompson said.

Thompson said a reason for this is a lack of contested elections taking place in Mount Pleasant government in recent years.  This year, Town Supervisor and Town Council members are contested elections.

Mary Ellen Billman, a Mount Pleasant resident volunteering at the polling center located at the Mount Pleasant Community Center, said that as of around 2 p.m. the day was going smoothly despite a few complaints. “Some people complained about the new voting machines but that was about it,” Billman said.  “I think people are just so used to the old systems that they just don’t like the change but it’s something that they’re going to need to get used to since these machines are here to stay.”

Last year, towns in Westchester County switched from arm-lever voting machines to digital ImageCast machines. For more information on locating your polling station in Mount Pleasant, click here or visit the Westchester County Board of Elections website.  Polls will remain open today until 9 p.m.

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