But moving to November is not the only option to streamline Election Day operations, said Czarny. Villages can also pay the county to operate its election for them, which can be cheaper than the village having to rent voting machines and paying staff to count ballots.
“If it’s lower-cost for the village and professionally run elections and also a higher turnout, I don’t understand what the drawback is,” Czarny said.
According to Czarny, Baldwinsville would not have to give up that nonpartisan tradition if it handed election operations over to the county.
“These elections are nonpartisan by tradition, not by law. In other counties, village elections tend to be partisan,” he said. “Tully and Camillus and East Syracuse have been in November elections without any major party influences in them.”