MAYVILLE – Forestville Central School will be joining three other county school districts using paper ballot optical scan voting machines for school elections, announced the Board of Elections. Forestville will be joining Cassadaga Valley, Bemus Point and Ripley as schools who have converted to the paper ballot voting process used by voters for most other elections.
The Board of Elections estimated that it will cost $328.70 for the county to run the Forestville school elections.
In a prepared statement, Election Commissioner Norm Green said that while pther counties in New York continue to grapple with the costs associated with optical scan voting, Chautauqua County has stepped up and driven down the price of paper ballot voting with its in-house printing operation and its elections staff changing from an office operation to a physical field operation.
In other election news, Fredonia and Falconer are looking to join Celoron in moving village elections to the November general election. These two villages have a referendum on their March village election ballot asking voters to approve the move, which will eliminate all election costs now directly paid by village taxpayers.
The BOE conducts the elections for 13 of the 15 county villages.