MAYVILLE - The Chautauqua County Board of Elections met Tuesday morning to count absentees and one affidavit ballot that determined the winner of the close Westfield Village Trustee election held March 21.
On election night, incumbent Democratic trustee Robert Cochran led Republican challenger Dennis Lutes by 11 votes. Following Tuesday's absentee ballot counting by the Board of Elecitons, Cochran garnered 143 votes to Lutes' 138. According to Election Commissioner Norman P. Green, a total of seven ballots were either thrown out, over voted or under voted in the absentees. The final results will be certified by the Board of Elections and its Election Commissioners Brian C. Abram and Green.