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VOTERS LIKELY TO DECIDE IF VILLAGE ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD IN NOVEMBER

Kenmore voters are likely to see a measure on the Nov. 4 ballot that seeks to change future village elections from March to November.

Village Clerk Paul Pfeiffer said Friday that signatures collected by local Democrats seeking to put the measure on the ballot appear valid and problem-free.

As a result, his office has turned the petitions over to the county Board of Elections in preparation for November's election.

Changing the village's election date from March to November is a politically sensitive issue in Kenmore, where registered Democrats slightly outnumber Republicans but the governing Village Board is all Republican.

Because Democrats tend to do better in general elections, the local Democratic Committee hopes that changing the election date will help them get into Village Hall. They also say the measure would save the $5,000 to $10,000 cost of holding a March election.

The Republicans, who do better in non-general elections, resisted the change of dates. They won the first round of the battle when, several months ago, Neighbors to Preserve Kenmore, started by Democratic Committee members, submitted petitions for referendum on the subject that turned out to be incorrectly worded.

No problems with the signatures or wording were found this time, however. "I'm glad the voters are going to decide," said Pat Bannister, a spokesman for Neighbors to Preserve Kenmore.

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