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Elections Board begins counting absentee votes

November 05, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Washington County Board of Elections began examining and counting absentee ballots Thursday and expected to finish today, Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel said.

At 9 a.m. today the Board of Elections is scheduled to continue counting the 3,432 absentee ballots received for this election, Kaetzel said.

New totals for races will not be tabulated and released until the board members finish counting the ballots, she said.

Working in four two-member teams, the Board of Elections members examined each absentee ballot to determine its validity. For example, unsigned absentee ballots were rejected as ineligible, Kaetzel said.

Of 2,321 ballots examined Thursday, 36 ballots were rejected, Kaetzel said.

The Board of Elections issued 3,682 absentee ballots, she said.

Overseas ballots received will be counted on Nov. 12, said Charles Mobley, election board president.

Provisional ballots - from voters who had a problem with their registration at the polls - will be counted on Monday, Mobley said.

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Complete but unofficial results for all 46 precincts on Tuesday indicated that retired teacher Wayne Ridenour was the top votegetter among the eight candidates vying for four seats on the Washington County Board of Education.

Roxanne Ober, Bernadette Wagner and Edward Forrest - each seeking a second term on the school board - were next in line behind Ridenour.

According to unofficial returns, Ridenour had 23,698 votes, followed by Ober with 22,509, Wagner with 21,439 and Forrest with 20,344.

School Board members serve four-year terms. They are paid $4,800 a year. The board president receives $4,900.

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