Updated: Voters Hit The Polls; School Officials Encouraged by Turnout

Voters continue to trickle in despite the rainy weather, officials say.

UPDATE: To get the full results of the vote, click here. 

The rain has not put a damper on school district voting, school officials from Westhampton-Hampton Bays said Tuesday. 

In , District Clerk Judy McCarthy said voters have been trickling in all day with 235 residents casting votes as of 2 p.m.  That number, said McCarthy, is consistant with year's past. 

McCarthy said she expects that the majority of voters will hit the polls before and after a school concert scheduled to take place at the at 7 p.m. 

"I'm sure we will get a flurry then," she said, adding that a number of students got the opportunity to vote for the first time today.

And MCarthy said every one of their votes will make a difference this year because the district opted to breach the state's two percent tax cap by .89 percent and 60 percent of voters must vote 'yes' in order for it to pass.

At least two voters at the poll on Tuesday afternoon, however, said they were planning to vote against the budget. The women, who did not wish to be named, said that they believe "more fat could have been trimmed" from the  $51.8 million budget.

In , Superintendent Lars Clemensen said the district is encouraged by the number of voters that continue to vote despite the weather. 

"It rained the last two years, so Baymen are used to voting in the rain," said Clemensen.

While their parents are voting, Clemensen said elementary students are also being given the opportunity to cast a ballot — Only Clemensen said instead of voting for or against the district's $45.8 million budget, they get to choose the recess equipment they'd like to see purchased by the Parent Teacher Association. 

From the number of voters entering the polls so far, Robert Long, principal of the believes that the community "is interested in casting their votes and having their interests paid attention to."

Long said mid-Tuesday, "At this point it looks like we are down a few votes from last year, but it doesn't seem to be significant." 

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