By Marcello Iaia
BERNE — The landslide passage of a $22 million budget with no tax-levy increase was announced quickly Tuesday night at Berne-Knox-Westerlo, read from the back of lever voting machines where a voter had crossed out the name of a school-board candidate — one of five in a race for three seats.
“The concern is, if I walk into that machine, they changed their mind and chose not to run,” said Vasilios Lefkaditis, president of the school board.
Alan Zuk, chairman of the annual meeting, said the name was Amy Wright’s.
The 15 possible votes cast with the vandalized machine — as determined by Lefkaditis — would not make up the difference between the 336 votes for Wright and 364 votes for Chasity McGivern, who was sworn in as a board member immediately following the announcement, Tuesday night.
“That made me think, when does it become official?” said Wright on Wednesday, noting the results for the Schenectady School City School District, where she works, were described on its website as unofficial.
Zuk said Wednesday the results he announced were the total given to him by the head election inspector.
“The word ‘official’ wasn’t used; it was, again, the total of the machine and the absentees,” he said, when asked whether the inspector called them official. “The affidavits, I’m not certain where they enter into the count.”