Voters head to the polls in Pa. today

May 16, 2006|From Staff reports

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Voters in Franklin County will head to the polls from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for a primary election in which Republicans will find a contested race for the 90th District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Democratic ballots will include the races for the U.S. Senate and state lieutenant governor.

Two of the 74 polling places in the county have been changed, affecting Chambersburg-area voters:

n The polling place in Hamilton Township, Second District, has been moved from South Hamilton Elementary School to the Cornerstone Church of Christ at the intersection of Warm Spring and Tallow Hill roads.

n The Chambersburg Fourth Ward, Second District, polling place has been changed from U.L. Gordy Elementary School to the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church Christian Education Building, 221 N. Main St.

Most voters will fill out their paper ballots in the same manner as previous years, but votes will be tabulated differently, according to Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers. Once the ballots are filled out, voters will place them in precinct counters instead of the traditional ballot boxes, she said.


As ballots go through the counters, the information will be recorded before it is automatically deposited in the ballot box. The information will be recorded on a card that will later be downloaded into a computer at the Administrative Annex, Byers said.

This will eliminate the optical scanning of the ballots at the annex, she said. The precinct counters also separate ballots with write-in votes, something that previously was done by hand at the polling places.

The machines also can determine whether someone over-voted, which is voting for too many candidates for a particular office, Byers said. The counters will kick out those ballots and the voter will have a chance to fill out another.

Republicans' choices for the 90th District state House of Representatives are nine-term incumbent Patrick E. Fleagle and Mont Alto, Pa., resident Todd A. Rock.

The two could face off in the general election if one candidate wins the Republican nomination, while the other has more write-in votes from Democrats.

In statewide races, Democrats will choose between Bob Casey Jr., Alan Sandals and Chuck Pennacchio for the U.S. Senate nomination to take on Republican incumbent Rick Santorum. Democratic incumbent Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll faces three primary challengers for her office - William A. Hall III, Valerie McDonald Roberts and Gene Stilp.

Franklin County has two precincts of the 91st House District. At those precincts, one in Guilford Township and the other in Quincy Township, Republican voters will choose between incumbent Stephen Maitland and challenger Dan Moul. Two Democrats, Alan Henry and Patrick L. Naugle, will appear on primary ballots for that race.

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