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No election results change with absentee count

November 08, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

More than 3,200 absentee ballots counted this week in Washington County didn't affect Election Day results.

In the closest race, Justin M. Hartings' lead over Jacqueline B. Fischer for the fourth and final open Washington County Board of Education seat dropped from 2,046 votes to 1,977 votes.

The Washington County Board of Elections released updated totals Friday after completing a two-day review of the bulk of the absentee ballots.

Elections officials have about 1,000 provisional ballots to examine Monday and about 800 more absentee ballots to go through Nov 14.

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Fischer has acknowledged that her deficit is too great for her to win.

Of the 3,278 absentee ballots counted, Wayne D. Ridenour - who led the field of eight school board candidates at the end of Election Day - picked up 1,533 votes, the most of any candidate.

W. Edward Forrest remained in second place and Donna Brightman in third.

Congress

The latest numbers in Maryland's 6th District Congress race show Republican incumbent Roscoe Bartlett with 185,306 votes, or 58 percent, compared to 123,707, or 39 percent, for Democratic challenger Jennifer P. Dougherty.

Libertarian Gary W. Hoover Sr. had 10,692, or 3 percent.

Totals include absentee ballots counted this week in Washington, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick and Harford counties. The other three 6th District counties didn't post totals that included absentee ballots.

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