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Village election changes, next election Nov. 6

June 21, 2018

Village elections were traditionally held in March every two years. But as a cost savings change and to encourage increased voter turnout, the village election date was revised to be the second Tuesday in November to coincide with state and national elections. The Saratoga County Board of Elections is now responsible for the village elections. The next election will be a special election to be held on Nov. 6, 2018. The polling location for all village residents will now be at the Stillwater Town Hall.

Village terms for Mayor and Trustee are four years, and elections are normally held in odd numbered years. This fall’s election is special necessitated by the mayoral resignation that led to appointment of Trustee Frank Tatum as the Mayor and John Basile as Trustee to fill the position vacated by Trustee Tatum. And with the resignation of Trustee Eunice Marshall and appointment of John Murphy there is a third opening to be filled by special election. Therefore, the Mayor and one Trustee positions are open for election this fall for terms ending in December 2019. The Trustee position vacated by Marshall is for a term ending in December 2021. At the 2019 election the Mayor and one Trustee positions revert to the four-year cycle. Subsequently, the second Trustee position will revert to the normal four year cycle in December 2021.

Residents: you are encouraged to participate in your government through the election process. If you choose to run for one of these offices, you must complete the “Independent Nominating Petition” with 50 signatures of registered village residents. The petition copies may be obtained from the Village Clerk and must be signed and returned to the Saratoga County Board of Elections at Ballston Spa, NY between Aug. 14-21. Successfully filled out petitions will result in your name being placed on the ballot.