HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County election officials will count absentee ballots today to determine the outcome of the Hagerstown City Council race, which was too close to call Tuesday night.
Dorothy Kaetzel, director of the Washington County Board of Elections, said the absentee ballots probably will determine the face of the next council. Of the 210 ballots that were issued, 193 had been returned as of Wednesday, she said.
Unofficial returns Tuesday showed 194 votes separated the top vote-getter, Democrat William M. Breichner, and the sixth-place finisher, Republican Forrest W. Easton, who logged 1,365 votes. Only six votes separated Easton from fifth-place finisher Democrat David A. Lidz, who had 1,371 votes.
The top five vote-getters will be declared the winners.
Other candidates who finished in the top five Tuesday were incumbent Democrat Lewis C. Metzner, 1,526; Unaffiliated candidate Ashley C. Haywood, 1,403; and incumbent Democrat Martin E. Brubaker, 1,388.