The Watertown Daily Times is reporting that a slate of wind farm opponents fared well in this month’s town supervisor race, with Urban Hirschey defeating pro-wind candidate Harvey White by a more than 4-to-1 margin.
That Mr. Hirschey’s already lopsided victory got even more lopsided when absentee ballots were counted is hardly a surprise. It is likely a result of a months-long voter registration drive by anti-wind power activists that targeted seasonal residents.
Seasonal residents who may live during the winter in faraway locales are more likely to oppose wind power development and more likely to vote as absentees — which can allow people to vote via mail in the days leading up to the election, rather than in person on election day.
The absentee ballot counts were similarly grim for pro-wind power Town Council candidates in the Republican primary.
The politics of wind power are fascinating — and it’s complicated further by this “local” vs. “seasonal” dynamic, a tension that plays out in political affairs across the North Country. Read the full article here.