In the Nov. 8 General Election, more votes were processed than ever before, according to election officials.
Just over 17,000 votes, nearly 1,000 more than in previous elections were processed, Town Moderator Mary Till said in a Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
“At the first hour we processed 1,600 votes, “said Till, who gave an update on the election during the meeting.
And at the end of the election when polls closed at 8 p.m., she said not a single person was standing in line.
Till said town election officials worked diligently to prepare for the election that followed a formal letter from the state to Till for allegedly violating procedures in the Sept. 13 Primary. Secretary of State William Gardner and Attorney General Joseph Foster wrote in the Oct. 20 letter that Till allegedly violated several election procedures, including the transportation of ballots and the handling of ballots.
And after Till allegedly violated state election procedures, by using the Municipal Center as a central polling place, councilors voted to name Calvary Bible Church as the town’s primary polling site. The Municipal Center had been used for polling for years, according to officials.
As a consequence of the alleged violations, the state required election monitors to be present at the election.
The letter followed a formal complaint by State. Rep. Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien to the state. Other residents also complained about the Oct. 20 election procedures.
Addressing how the ballots were processed so effectively and efficiently, Till said there were a number of reasons.
She credited Town Clerk Daniel Healey with hiring and training more ballot clerks than ever before.
In addition, Till said supervisors of the checklist recruited, trained and staffed the polls with more assistant supervisors than ever, adding, that she had a large staff of assistant moderators, greeters, and absentee ballot processor and people to hand count
“There were close to 100 people that worked the polls on election day, and they all deserve a great big ‘thank you’ from the voters and the town of Derry,” Till said.
Till also praised members of the Derry Rotary Club for assisting with parking as another important factor in helping the election run smoothly.
“Our efforts to address the parking issues were important,” Till said.
And another factor was the decision by officials to close school in Derry on Nov. 8 to help reduce traffic, Till Said.