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WILLIAMSVILLE SCHOOL BOARD CANCELS SPECIAL VOTE

The Williamsville School Board Tuesday voted to cancel a vote set for next Tuesday because it is no longer needed now that the State Legislature has established longer voting hours in the May 19 school elections.

Given the state action, Williamsville officials said the March 31 vote is moot, and it is less costly to cancel it than to continue with it.

The district will have spent about $4,000 to prepare for, then cancel the March 31 vote, said District Clerk Mitzie Serafin.

Holding the election would have cost the district $6,000, she said.

When the State Legislature recently changed state laws so that all school elections and budget votes are held on the same day, the lawmakers inadvertently eliminated a section of law permitting daylong voting. As a result, school voting throughout the state could not start until 7:30 p.m.

The State Legislature Tuesday corrected its error, voting to permit daylong balloting May 19. The Williamsville School Board then held a special meeting Tuesday night to cancel its district vote on the issue.

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