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Fulton Co. OKs electronic tabulating

May 20, 1998|By DON AINES

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Last November, Fulton County Commissioner Daniel Swain didn't get home after the election until 7 a.m., but a ballot initiative could get him home a lot sooner in the future.

Voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum that will allow the county to tabulate its votes electronically in the future. The vote was 994 to 282, according to complete but unofficial election results.

"We'd still be using paper ballots, but the system we're looking at scans 120 ballots a minute," according to Swain. The system would be similar to machines used in Franklin County to count ballots.

Swain said the system will cost about $25,000, including set-up fees. Tuesday night, the election board was still counting and tabulating the votes by hand.

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In statewide races, Fulton County voters gave gubernatorial candidate Don Bailey 212 votes in the Democratic primary, followed by Ivan Itkin with 177 and William Keisling with 93.

For lieutenant governor, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky received 241 votes. Ron Panza got 124 votes and Albert M. Penska Jr. got 106.

Gov. Tom Ridge received 648 votes and Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker received 629 votes. Both were unopposed in the Republican primary.

For the U.S. Senate, Republican voters gave incumbent Arlen Specter 489 votes, compared to 106 for Tom Lingenfelter and 90 for Larry Murphy.

On the Democratic side, Bill Lloyd received 350 votes with Richard J. Cusick getting 50 and Richard J. Orloski 37.

U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster got 616 votes against challenger Monte Kemmler's 64 votes in the Republican primary.

State Rep. Dick L. Hess got 703 Republican votes. The 78th District representative has no Democratic opposition in the fall.

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