DERRY — Town councilors heard post-election updates and also will consider measures to possibly put a town ordinance in place to control potential electioneering concerns around election times.
At the recent meeting Nov. 10 discussion included a general election update given by Town Moderator Tina Guilford, who reported that Derry voters came out in big numbers on Nov. 3, with one polling place operating for the town's checklist at Pinkerton Academy.
Guilford said a total of 18,100 voters cast ballots, including 6,425 voting by absentee ballot and 11,675 coming out in person to Pinkerton.
The day was successful, the moderator told councilors, with minimal complaints or glitches.
"We did have a few traffic complaints," Guilford said, "but for the most part, everyone figured out they needed to use the outside entrance off Tsienneto Road."
Guilford also said people missed getting an official "I Voted" sticker this time.
"Come out to the March election," she said. "I'll have stickers for everyone."
Guilford also thanked everyone who helped her with the general election, including her election and poll staff, town administration and staff, police and fire departments and public works staff.
Town Councilor Brian Chirichiello added that the general election success shows that with proper planning, the community pulled off a very successful and organized election.
Council Chairman Charlie Foote asked Town Administrator David Caron to research and bring forward a possible town ordinance to control electioneering. Foote said by potentially adopting this, electioneering would be prohibited during town meetings while using remote platforms like Zoom, or during public meetings or on town property.
Councilors will consider this at the Dec. 1 meeting with a possible vote to adopt on Dec. 15.
Councilors approved a measure to apply for and accept an agreement with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to receive funds to offset town expenditures as part of its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day.
The town has access to various grant funds from the NHDES for environmental programs within the town. In the past, grants have been used for landfill closure, household hazardous waste events, watershed assessment, improvements to the town's recycling efforts and more.
The town is eligible and in the process of applying for up to $9,000 in matching grant funds from the state for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection for the fiscal year 2022.