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Write-in candidate files to have votes accumulated

November 18, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - It will be some time before St. Thomas voters know who their township supervisor will be.

According to figures certified Nov. 10 by the Franklin County Board of Elections, write-in candidate Frank Stearn appears to have a six-vote lead over incumbent David C. Ramer.

Stearn, 58, is supported by residents opposed to a quarry project being proposed in the township. He ran a write-in campaign that netted him 593 votes, according to votes. Ramer, who was on the ballot, ended up with 587, according to the Board of Elections.

Stearn, of 3870 Ricklyn Drive, met a Monday deadline for requesting an accumulation of his write-in votes under nine different spellings or misspellings of his name.

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A spokeswoman in the county office said Monday the elections board will schedule a hearing on Stearn's request, at which time Ramer can challenge Stearn's count. She said she didn't know when the hearing will be scheduled.

For his part, Ramer, of 3155 Jacks Mill Road, had the option, until 4:30 p.m. Monday, to petition the county court for a recount of his votes.

According to documents filed Monday in the Franklin County Prothonotary's office, petitions to recanvass and to open ballot boxes and recount votes were filed for all three precincts in St. Thomas Township. Each petition was signed by three different registered voters, none of whom was David C. Ramer.

Ramer said he had no comment Monday on advice of his attorney.

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