ATKINSON — Incumbents William Baldwin and William Friel will return to the Board of Selectmen.
They were re-elected to the board Tuesday as residents turned out at the Atkinson Community Center to choose town and school officials. They also voted on numerous warrant articles.
Baldwin, the board's chairman, received 690 votes while Friel picked up 608 votes to win the three-year seats. They beat out Craig Schuster, who received 416 votes.
The town saw an 18.7 percent voter turnout.
In the only other contested town race, Kathleen Friel defeated Dennis Winsett, 512-420, in the race for a three-year cemetery trustee slot.
While campaigning next to Friel outside the community center, Schuster expressed doubt he would win because of a sluggish voter turnout.
Friel also wasn't ready to declare victory because of the low turnout, saying a lack of big-ticket questions on the ballot and the recent presidential primary likely discouraged many from voting.
Anything could happen when turnout is low, they said.
"It's voter fatigue," Friel said.
Town Moderator James Garrity, who ran uncontested, said turnout was slow from the time the polls opened at 7 a.m. until at least 5 p.m. — just as a surge of voters arrived to vote.
"There's not a lot of contested stuff," Garrity said.
When asked if there was a particular candidate or issue they came to support at the polls, several voters said there was not.
The residents said they were just fulfilling their civic duty by voting.
Among the top issues on the ballot was an article seeking $10,000 for cemetery improvements, which failed, 550-470. But an article to contribute $35,000 to a cemetery capital reserve fund was approved, 665-354.
Voters also allocated $340,314 for roadwork, 784-234. But they rejected a $79,043 lease purchase agreement for a highway department truck, 600-416.