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Handful of races in Pa.

May 14, 2001

Handful of races in Pa.



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The ballots are printed, all equipment will be tested today and the Franklin County Voter Registration Office is preparing for Tuesday's primary and special elections in earnest.

Polls in the county's 75 precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., said Jean Byers, Franklin County deputy chief clerk.

There are nearly 300 offices up for grabs, but only a handful are contested, and half do not have a candidate on the ballot.

The votes will be tallied Tuesday night at the Franklin County Annex Building, 218 N. Second St.

Write-in votes will be calculated and posted at each polling site. There will be no final count of write-in candidates in any race until the Voter Registration Office begins its official count on Friday, Byers said.

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That means candidates running write-in campaigns, including Chambersburg Borough Council incumbent Carl Helman, R-Third Ward, and Jason Bitner, who is challenging incumbent John Redding for the Fourth Ward seat on the council, will not have final results until Friday or later.

Both men have run aggressive write-in campaigns since they were removed from the ballot last month after their candidacies were challenged for failure to file forms on time.

However, while most things will run as normal, the Voter Registration Office has announced the following changes in polling sites or candidate status:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The polling place for the Waynesboro Third Ward, First District, has moved from Lynn Pontiac, Buick, GMC Truck, 143 S. Potomac St., Waynesboro, Pa., to the Calvary Assembly of God Church, 116 Snider Ave., Waynesboro.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The polling place for the Washington Township, Fifth District, has been moved from Lynn Chevrolet Buick, Inc., 1035 E. Main St., Waynesboro, to the Summitview Elementary School, 840 E. Second St., Waynesboro.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The polling place for Montgomery Township, First District, has moved from Montgomery Township Elementary School, 9138 Ft. Loudon Road, Mercersburg, Pa., to the Tuscarora Senior Activity Center, 11300 Ft. Loudon Road, Mercersburg.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Mary Flaherty, D-Allegheny County, who was running for judge of the Commonwealth Court, has had her nomination petition set aside. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania did not rule on the case until May 8, after Franklin County's ballots were printed, Byers said.

Flaherty's name still appears on the county's Democratic ballot, and any votes for her will not be counted.

The county will post signs at all polling places and on voting booths advising voters of the ruling, Byers said.

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