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Recount of Democratic write-in ballots in 90th District set

June 03, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The recount of Democratic write-in ballots from eight precincts in the 90th District Pennsylvania House of Representatives primary race is set to begin Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. before Court of Common Pleas Judge Douglas Herman, according to the Franklin County Court Administrator's Office.

A Republican and a Democrat have been selected to do the actually counting of the ballots when the ballot boxes are opened in Courtroom 4, Deputy Court Administrator Neil Burkholder said Friday. Herman signed the court order Friday.

In the May 16 Republican primary, Todd Rock of Mont Alto, Pa., defeated nine-term incumbent Rep. Patrick E. Fleagle, R-Franklin, by 111 votes, according to official results from the county Board of Elections.

There was no Democratic candidate in that party's primary, however, and both Rock and Fleagle received votes toward that nomination. On Tuesday, supporters of Rock filed a petition with the court to open eight of the district's 36 ballot boxes and recount the votes.

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The petition asked for a recount of all of the Democratic ballots for Guilford Township Two and Three, Washington Township Two and Five, Quincy Township One, Hamilton Township Two, and the First Ward, Second District and Third Ward, Third District in Waynesboro.

According to election board results, a total of 764 Democratic votes were cast in those eight precincts.

Rock and Fleagle both also filed cumulating petitions Tuesday with the board of elections, seeking to have variations and misspellings of their names on write-in ballots consolidated. Rock's petition requested consolidation of 337 votes on 10 possible variants of his name, and Fleagle is seeking consolidation of 13 possible variations of his name totaling 339 votes.

Fleagle, of Waynesboro, Pa., indicated earlier this week he will campaign for a 10th term if he wins the Democratic nomination.

A cumulating hearing before the board of elections also had been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, but county Chief Deputy Clerk Jean Byers said that hearing is being rescheduled because of the recount. No new date has been set, she said Friday.

Under state election law, a person seeking to win a party nomination and appear on the November ballot for a Pennsylvania House seat would need at least 300 write-in votes, Byers said, the same as the number of signatures required to get one's name on a primary ballot.

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