If your new year's resolution is to serve your community, the North East town board needs you.
As of last week, no one had filed to run in the February 13 town election. The deadline to file for one of two commissioners seats or the mayor's post is January 9 at 4:30 p.m. The incumbents are Mayor Robert McKnight and Commissioners Paul Stark and Michael Kline.
The election will be held on Monday, February 13 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the town hall. The deadline to register in the town election in Monday, January 23 at 4:30 p.m. Those already on the county rolls, don't have to file separately to vote in the town election.
The deadline to accept application requesting an absentee ballot be mailed to them is January 27 at 4:30 p.m.
North East's elections tend to have a low voter turnout.
Two years ago in the 2015 race, 36 of the town's 1,704 registered voters cast ballots. Incumbent Mayor Robert McKnight retained his seat with 34 votes. Commissioner Kena Koch received 32 votes. Commissioner Paul Stark received 36 votes.
Historically, Town of North East elections don't attract a lot of voters.
In 2011, 25 people out of the 1,738 registered voters cast ballots. Of the 25 ballots cast, 21 people voted by paper ballot. Four people voted by absentee ballot. In the past few years, the turnout has been six or seven percent of voters.
In 2013, 27 people of the town's 1,852 registered voters cast ballots. That was a 1.4 percent voter turnout. In 2014, 29 people, of the town's 1,740 registered voters, cast ballots in the uncontested contest.
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