Friday, December 11, 2009

Handful Ballots Determine Winners in Paper & DRE county

What a poster child for paper ballots with optical scanner when a recount is necessitated, right?

Notice the finals in the Uniontown City Council race are very close as well.

We can only wonder what might have been shown if a recount of all ballots, including the paper ballots, rather than a mere recreation of the unofficial tally for the official count purpose, would have revealed even closer wins and losses?

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Official election results show several close races
December 11, 2009 02:50 AM TEXT SIZE By: AMY REVAK
Herald Standard
After it was all said and done, Fayette County's Democratic District Attorney Nancy D. Vernon defeated Republican attorney Ernest P. DeHaas 13,037 votes to 10,809 votes to become the next common pleas court judge for the county, according to official election results.

The results, which were official earlier this week, showed no changes in winners, but did reveal some races were decided by only a few votes. Throughout the county, voters selected positions such as mayor, city council member, school director and township supervisor.

Although the municipal election was held more than a month ago, the official results were delayed after a statewide recount of the Superior Court race was ordered. Judge was the only contested countywide race.

The common pleas judge race occurred because President Judge Conrad B. Capuzzi is stepping down at the end of the year upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. There are five common pleas judges in the county and the last time a new one was selected was eight years ago.

During the Nov. 3 municipal election, Vernon received 55 percent of the vote, compared to 45 percent for DeHaas, winning by 2,228 votes. However, the percentage of votes DeHaas received was much closer than the registration figures for the county.

There is nearly a 3 to 1 registration advantage of Democrats over Republicans, with 62,640 registered Democrats and 22,069 registered Republicans.

In a hotly contested mayor's race in Brownsville, political newcomer Lester Ward defeated incumbent Lewis Hosler 353 votes to 340 votes. Before Ward was declared a winner, there was a recount of ballots cast in the borough's three wards...

...In Uniontown, the final election results for the two-year term showed Democrat Philip J. Michael, who was appointed to City Council earlier this year but later stepped down amid accusations that he didn't meet the residency requirement, defeating Republican Gary N. Altman with a tally of 917 to 801 votes.

For the two four-year terms, the two Democrat candidates Francis Joby Palumbo III and Gary Gearing received 937 and 933 votes, respectively, to obtain the two seats.

Final results showed Republicans Russ Rhodes and Curtis R. Sproul received 828 and 498 votes, respectively...

Recount shows Ward as mayoral race winner
November 26, 2009 02:57 AM TEXT SIZE By: AMY REVAK
Herald Standard

A public recount of the Brownsville mayoral race Wednesday ended with challenger Lester Ward prevailing by 13 votes over incumbent Lewis Hosler Sr.

After about an hour of recounting paper, provisional and electronic ballots, Larry Blosser, acting director of the Fayette County Election Bureau, announced that Ward received 353 votes and Hosler had received 340 votes. Hosler, a Democrat, received votes on both the Democratic and Republican ballots. Ward, who previously registered as a Democrat, ran as an Independent candidate.

Double victory requires decision
November 05, 2009 03:15 AM TEXT SIZE By: ANGIE ORAVEC
Herald Standard

Whether a seat on the Uniontown Area School Board will be up for grabs depends on whether Tom McCracken, a challenger in the general election race, chooses to fill the seat or picks the position of Franklin Township supervisor, to which he was also elected.

According to unofficial election totals, McCracken received 2,035 votes and placed third among the four candidates who won a seat on the board.

He garnered 290 votes to defeat incumbent Tim Franks for the Franklin Township supervisor post.

McCracken, a Vanderbilt farmer and a teacher retired from the Uniontown Area School District, said Wednesday he was shocked to learn he was elected to both positions, but is unsure which elected position he will choose. He plans to wait for the final vote count to be completed before choosing a position.

"I'm unsure if they liked my candor or didn't like my opponents," McCracken laughed. "The last thing I want to do is to let any voters down on either side."

An official with the Fayette County Election Bureau said election totals are not complete until write-in votes are counted. The final vote count is set to begin Friday and could be completed within two weeks time.

Michael Brungo, solicitor for the Uniontown Area School District, said according to school code, McCracken cannot hold both positions and must make a determination as to which elected position he will serve.

The board will have 30 days to appoint someone to a vacancy that would result if McCracken declines the board seat, said Brungo.

The board can fill a vacancy in any manner appropriate since school code does not outline a specific procedure to be used, he said.

Election winners look forward to City Council duties
November 05, 2009 03:15 AM TEXT SIZE By: STEVE FERRIS
Herald Standard

The winners in the election for three seats on Uniontown City Council said they are looking forward to working on behalf of residents when they take office in January.

Three Democrats, incumbent Francis "Joby" Palumbo, Gary Gearing and Philip J. Michael, defeated Republican candidates Russ Rhodes, incumbent Curtis R. Sproul and Gary Altman in Tuesday's municipal election.

Palumbo led the candidates with 929 votes, or 29 percent of the total, followed by Gearing who received 923 votes, or 29 percent, for four-year terms on council, according to complete, but unofficial election results. Rhodes received 825 votes, or 26 percent, and Sproul received 495 votes, or 16 percent.

Michael won a two-year term in a special election. He received 909 votes, or 53 percent of the total, and Altman received 797, or 47 percent, according to complete, but unofficial results.

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