In some precincts, voter participation was low. But, depending on the decisions on the ballot, some precincts saw a flood of voters at the polls.
Here’s how the numbers stacked up.
City of Rushford Election
For the City of Rushford, incumbent Terri Benson ran unopposed, earning 96.43% of the votes. There were a total of 84 votes cast for this election.
Leigh Volkman also ran unopposed for a seat on the city council, pulling in 75 votes. The city had two seats to fill, so write-ins were critical for the second open seat on the city council. It came down to Jim O’Donnell and Vern Bunke, with 29 and 21 votes respectively. A total of 62 votes were cast for write-ins, with O’Donnell winning the write-in seat.
Fillmore Central Special Election
Out of 2,984 registered voters in the Fillmore Central School District, made up of residents from Fountain, Harmony, and Preston, 709 (23.76%) cast their votes on Election Day.
The school board proposed to revoke the school district’s existing referendum revenue authorization of $292.15 per pupil and replace that authorization with a new authorization of $783.86 per pupil, subject to an annual increase at the rate of inflation.
The proposed referendum revenue authorization would have been first levied in 2023 for taxes payable in 2024, and applicable for 10 years unless otherwise revoked or reduced.
In an informational piece distributed by the Fillmore Central School District in October cited the reasons for the referendum request: declining enrollment, continued increases in general operating costs/inflation, and expiration of federal COVID relief funds.
After the votes were tallied, taxpayers voted against revoking the existing referendum and authorizing a new higher per pupil referendum. There 300 (42.31%) votes in favor, and 409 (57.69%) votes said nay.
Kingsland Special Election
Out of 3,433 registered voters in the district, only 133 voters cast a ballot in this election, representing only 3.87%. Dan Freeman won with 111 votes, challenged only by 22 write-in votes.
Spring Grove Special Election
There were a total of 1,359 registered voters for the November 7, 2023, election in the Spring Grove School District, with a decent 46.43% of voters casting a ballot.
The first question on the ballot related to “School Building Bonds Districtwide Capital Improvements.” The school board was proposing to issue general obligation school building bonds in the amount of $12,195,000 for acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities including, but not limited to, replacements, upgrades, and improvements to mechanical and electrical systems, roofing, windows, bathrooms and locker rooms and renovation to the kitchen and cafeteria, and career and technical education space.
Voters said yes to question 1 with 374 (59.27%) in favor and 257 (40.73%) against.
The second question on the ballot related to “School Building Bods Career & Technical Education Addition.” For this item on the ballot, voters were asked to approve a general obligation school building bonds in the amount of $4,100,000 for acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities including, but not limited to, constructing and equipping a career and technical education addition.
Voters said no to question 2 with 282 (45.41%) in favor and 339 (54.59%) against.