Airport Relocation Opponents Call Unofficial Referendum Results a Victory

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Elections officials say they're fairly confident the results of the non-binding Airport Referendum were not tampered by the timing mark problem, but they're not taking any chances.

Starting at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, they will recount the Airport Referendum ballot results as well. The unofficial results of that referendum came out against Airport Relocation.

With all the precincts reporting, 54-percent of the voters said they do not favor Airport Relocation, 45-percent said they do. Airport Relocation opponents are calling it a victory, but those who want to see the airport moved say it's too close to call.

"We expect the decision makers to take this information and use it in future decisions. The future appointment of the Airport Board should reflect the voter's opinion. They need to report this to the FAA and put a stop to this right now," Airport Relocation Opponent, Diane Brown said.

"It's a very close election. We knew with it not being held in a full election where both parties could vote it would be. The final word will come from the Airport Authority and the FAA. This is just a straw poll and not a scientific ballot," Airport Relocation Proponent, Arthur Cullen says.

The elections office has until Thursday at 2 p.m. to have an official count of all the ballots.