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Ballot count completed

November 13, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

With the overseas ballots counted on Friday, the rankings of the winners for the Washington County Board of Education election remained the same, according to unofficial results.

The results are expected to be certified next week, said Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel with the Washington County Board of Elections.

Four candidates won seats on the School Board.

Retired teacher Wayne Ridenour picked up three votes, increasing his total to 25,085, according to the Election Board. Roxanne Ober got four more votes for a total of 24,003, Bernadette Wagner received five more votes for a total of 23,041 and W. Edward Forrest picked up two more votes for a total of 21,547.

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The vote totals include regular, absentee, provisional and overseas ballots.

Fifteen overseas ballots and five absentee ballots that were held over were counted Friday morning at the Election Board office on West Washington Street, Kaetzel said. Some absentee ballots are counted with the overseas ones to make sure ballot results are secret in case there are too few overseas ballots, she said.

Some of the overseas ballots were federal write-ins, meaning those voters wrote down who they supported for federal offices only, Kaetzel said. An election official, supervised by other election officials, marked an optical scan ballot for each federal write-in ballot so the machine could tally the votes.

Election officials counted a total of 3,355 eligible absentee ballots out of 3,432 received, according to Kaetzel.

Election officials counted 252 of 333 provisional ballots received, she said. Many of the provisional ballots not counted were disqualified because the voter wasn't registered to vote in Maryland or didn't sign the oath not to vote twice, Kaetzel said.

The final vote count in the county for President Bush was 36,917, with Democratic Sen. John Kerry received 20,387 votes, according to election tallies.

In the 6th District congressional race, U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett Jr. received 36,319 votes in Washington County compared with 16,862 for Democrat Kenneth T. Bosley, according to election data.

U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski won the election, but received fewer votes in Washington County than her Republican challenger, E.J. Pipkin. Mikulski finished with 26,431 votes in Washington County to Pipkin's 29,181, according to election data.

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