AMESBURY — With a race between two write-in candidates for District 2 city councilor and nearly a dozen vacancies in the city’s other races, City Clerk Bonnijo Kitchin is expecting a long election night counting write-in ballots.
To help make election night flow more smoothly, Kitchin is imploring both candidates and voters to follow proper write-in procedures so that votes can be counted in a timely and accurate manner.
“We may end up having more write-in ballots than regular ballots, which is very extraordinary,” Kitchin said. “We have never had more write-ins than regulars, but we could, because we have so many vacancies.”
The highest profile write-in election figures to be the District 2 city councilor race, in which former Councilor Mary Chatigny and lifelong resident Mary Louise Bartley are vying to succeed incumbent Christian Scorzoni.
Scorzoni had been running unopposed in his bid for re-election, but he was forced to drop out of the race after his family sold their house and will be moving out of district. Scorzoni will no longer be eligible to retain his seat, but since the announcement came after the official withdrawal deadline, his name remains the only one on the ballot.
There is also one vacancy on the School Committee, three on the Planning Board, five on the Library Board of Trustees and two on the Housing Authority, all of which will likely be filled by write-ins as well.
Chatigny and Bartley have each indicated that they will be running sticker campaigns on Election Day, in which voters will be able to attach a sticker with the candidate’s name to their ballot. Kitchin said all stickers should be 21/4 inches wide by 1/4 inch tall, and the candidate’s name should be straight across with the address in smaller letters beside it so it all fits on one line.