Cooperstown’s upcoming mayoral and trustee elections take place this year on March 15, but if one village trustee has his way, subsequent year voting would move to align with general elections held in November.
Trustee MacGuire Benton says he wants the date change to expand voter access as “democracy comes under attack across America.”
“Right now village residents can vote from noon until 9 p.m. in March and not in November when every other election is held,” Mr. Benton said. “My proposal gives six more hours for voting because we could start casting our village ballots at six in the morning on Election Day. Right now, we have no days for early voting. My proposal would give nine days of early voting.”
Editor’s Note: The Rev. Paul Messner, pastor of the county’s Lutheran churches, including Oneonta’s Church of the Atonement and Hartwick Seminary’s Evangelical Luther Church, sent out this Election Day message to his flock.
Today is Election Day. I hope you will be doing your civic duty and going to vote – if you haven’t already. The news companies are reporting that prior to today nearly 100 million Americans have already cast their ballots.
It is always a solemn and powerful time in our federal republic, that we have the privilege to freely cast our democratic vote and, in so doing, choose our leaders at the federal, state and local levels of government. This is a right too few people in our world enjoy.
Patrons Clyde Sanders and Stephanie Adams, above, chat with Barbara Boulanger, proprietor of Cooperstown’s Doubleday Cafe, which this year is hosting the Rotary Club’s Election Day Pancake Feast, which will be underway until 6 p.m. this evening. Inset, Rotarian Susan Miosek mans the “warming station” at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” church hall, where pancakes can also be picked up; (also at polling places in the Clark Sports Center and Fly Creek municipal building.) The breakfasts are $8, and Rotarians are also doing home deliveries; to place an order, call 607-821-0180. Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, who is club historian, reports the breakfasts have been an annual Election Day club event at least since 1957. The mayor is a past Rotary president, as was her father, George. (Jim Kevliin/AllOTSEGO.com)
PANCAKE FEAST – 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 4 – 7 p.m. Enjoy hot pancakes, apple cider, sausage, & more served by Cooperstown Rotary club on election day. Cost, $6/adult. Veterans Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown.
Dave Bliss, Republican chair of the Otsego County Board and a Rotarian, pours coffee for state Sen. – and candidate – Jim Seward, R-Milford, a few minutes ago at the traditional Cooperstown Rotary Club Election Day pancake breakfast at the Vets’ Club. With the senator are, from his left, daughter-in-law of two months Kelly Ann, daughter Lauren, wife Cindy and son Ryan. Seward is being challenged today by Democrat Joyce St. George, Margaretville area. Inset, Democratic kingmaker Richard Sternberg joined the Republican table that includes, at left, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr. and County Clerk Kathy Sinnott Gardner; at right is Republican County Chair Vince Casale, who is also a top adviser to Republican Marc Molinaro’s campaign against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Devlin is being challenged by Republican Bob Fernandez, a retired state trooper who appears on the Democrat line. Sinnott Gardner is unopposed. “I like these people,” said Sternberg. The polls are open across Otsego County until 9 p.m. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)