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Absentee ballot count is completed on Friday

November 06, 2004|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Board of Elections on Friday finished counting absentee ballots, election officials said.

According to complete but unofficial results, retired teacher Wayne Ridenour remained the top votegetter in Tuesday's Washington County Board of Education race after the absentee ballot count.

Four candidates - Ridenour, Roxanne Ober, Bernadette Wagner and Edward Forrest - won seats on the school board. Eight people ran in the race.

Ridenour picked up 1,326 absentee votes, increasing his total votes received to 25,024, according to the Election Board.

Ober received 1,400 absentee votes, raising her total votes to 23,909. Wagner received 1,518 absentee votes, increasing her total votes to 22,957.

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Forrest received 1,150 absentee votes, raising his total votes to 21,494, according to the Election Board.

Ober, Wagner and Forrest each were seeking a second term on the school board.

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

Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel said provisional ballots - from voters who had a problem with their registration at the polls - will be counted Monday.

Overseas ballots will be counted Nov. 12.

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