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Rye Voter Turnout Higher Than Expected

RYE, N.Y. - Turnout for the Westchester County elections in Rye has been high today, with about 10 percent of the electorate casting ballots for three districts at the Town Hall polls this afternoon. “The turnout’s terrific, it’s a big turnout for an off year election,” said election official Nelson Sales. “Ninety of the 638 voters in our district have already voted. The primary had 23 all day.” Three Council seats, a County Legislator spot and State Supreme Court Justice were on the ballot. Voters filled out paper ballots and fed them into computerized machines.

“I enjoyed it, it seems a lot more efficient than the curtain,” said Kelly McGuire, who lives on Midland Avenue. “Everyone was very informative, they helped us fill out the ballot, then feed it in the machine and you’re done.” McGuire, who works at Kelly’s Sea Level restaurant, said she voted Republican.

“The key issues are basically taxes. They’re raising taxes and they had to cut some jobs. I know a couple of police officers were let go," she said. "They have to get a handle on money, especially the schools. The aging population in Rye no longer has children in the school district, so it’s hard for them to understand the taxes going to the schools.” Another voter concerned with school taxes is Bruce Buchanan, a retired painter and contractor who lives on Orchard Avenue. “I’m always confused as to why it costs so much money for education when there could so many ways they could trim down expenses,” he said. “The taxes are very high and most of the tax increases have been school taxes. They keep saying it’s only three percent, but no one understands the second year it’s three percent of a bigger number.”

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