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Tuesday is final day to vote

Nov 06, 2023 12:49 pm

Nov. 7 is the final day to cast your ballot in a variety of local elections. Most local races are unopposed, though there are competitive contests in Cairo, Athens, Claverack, and other towns. The Columbia County elections for district attorney and judges will be closely watched after incumbent retirements and newcomers running for their places. Alex Gault at Johnson News Service reports there are two constitutional amendments on the back of this year’s ballots. Both questions only ask about minor changes to already established rules. One asks voters if they support a technical change to the constitutional debt limits set for small city school districts and the other is an extension to a change made for debt limits on local sewer projects. Hudson has the most at stake locally as proposal one asks voters if they support a change to the state constitution for small city school districts, and Hudson is one of the few in New York. Currently Hudson schools, with a total taxable value of $1.016 billion, have a debt limit of abut $50.8 million. A yes vote on proposal one would allow the school to double that, to the same percentage as most other schools around the state. The two questions are the only statewide issues on the ballot this fall that is crowded with many local elections. Voting ends at 9 p.m. Tuesday, and WGXC will have election results online and on air as soon as we get them on election night.

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