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Town Clerk Reports 'Pretty Good' Voter Turnout

Voters are casting ballots to decide whether the school board plan for high school athletic improvements will go forward.

The bitter chill apparently isn't keeping as many voters from the polls as one might expect.

Municipal Clerk Yancy Wazirmas has had a busy day traveling to polling places around Parsippany to see how the vote is progressing in Tuesday's special Board of Education referendum on its proposed $7.7 million package of athletic improvements for Parsippany andParsippany Hills high schools. And she told Patch that poll activity is brisk all over the township.

"The turnout is pretty good," said Wazirmas.

She said she did not encounter any major problems at the polling sites beyond some residents registering displeasure over not receiving sample ballots in the mail or being confused over where they were supposed to cast their votes.

"One lady confused her garbage pickup district with her voting district," the clerk recalled.

Wazirmas said the votes would be counted at Town Hall after the polls close at 9 p.m. with a Board of Education representative on site. People are expected to gather at the BOE's administrative building at 292 Parsippany Road to hear the news after the counting has been completed.

Regarding the sample ballots, Wazirmas noted that sending them was the responsibility of the Morris County clerk's office, and that those ballots were mailed out Jan. 3. Numerous residents in the Morris Plains section of Parsippany, which includes the Brooklawn Drive and Powder Mill areas, reported that they never received sample ballots.

The ballot has been available online, on the Board of Education website and on Patch.

But four hours into the voting, Wazirmas and clerk's office staffer Cara Fox, who accompanied her boss on the rounds, said they were pleased with what they saw in the field.

Polling place activity was "busy," according to Fox.

"I didn't know what to anticipate," said the clerk. "But it was good. There's been a good turnout."

'Whatever happens, at least people are turning out," said Fox, "Yes, no or indifferent, people are having their say, which is good."

Hank Heller January 23, 2013 at 03:42 AM
My daughter just called to say that the referendum did not pass. It went down by a substantial margin, I was told.
steve revette January 23, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Thanks for the info Hank.
Hank Heller January 23, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Happy to help my friends.
clyde donovan January 23, 2013 at 07:48 PM
The proposal was defeated by a 58- to 42-percent margin. If the vote had been held at the general election in November, it might have been defeated 80 percent to 20 percent. Thanks to all of you who voted against wasteful spending.
Kristen Ritter January 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM
I know this nearly a week old, but I just wanted to make the comment that the article states (quote from the town clerk) that the sample ballots were mailed Jan 3rd. They were sent to the County Clerk/Board of Elections by our BoE on Jan 3rd - but they had to print, segment, address and mail them from the county. So the correct info is that they weren't mailed to the voters by the county until Jan 15th late in the day -- so they moved in the mail on Jan 16th, just 2 business days before the election (factoring in the holiday). Just wanted to set that point straight. My husband got his ballot the day after the election, and I got mine after I voted, when I arrived home on the day of the election.

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