Countdown on for Berlin incorporation vote


Patrick Bates talks to a visitor about the advantages of an incorporated Berlin. Berlin residents head to the polls on Tuesday. / W.C. Mann

BERLIN – With two days to go until a possibly historic vote, supporters of the incorporation of Berlin took one last opportunity to get the word out.  Saturday’s Voter Turnout Rally allowed area residents to see the proposed town map and a sample ballot, and get their last questions answered by the movement’s driving force, Patrick Bates.

“It’s been good,” said Bates.  “We’ve had a lot of traffic today, been some of our best turnout we’ve had for our events.  Things are looking hopeful!”

Tuesday’s election will be an unusual hand-counted ballot.  The poll at the Berlin Community Center will open at 7 a.m.  At 7 p.m. the community center will be closed to the public, and the counters will go to work.  A simple majority vote will decide the issue.  As soon as the count is concluded, the results will be posted on the community center door.  

The posting will be streamed lived on The Tribune’s Facebook page.

According to Bates, if the vote is positive, Berlin could be incorporated in as little as two weeks, as soon as the Probate Office completes a census of the community.  A town council could be elected prior to the general election cycle primaries in June.

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