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Final ballot count doesn't change election results

September 22, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

The last batch of local ballots, counted Wednesday, didn't affect preliminary results from the Sept. 14 primary.

The finishes in the closest races -- for county commissioner and school board -- didn't change after 224 absentee and provisional ballots were counted.

The Washington County Board of Elections counted 712 absentee ballots on Thursday of last week.

There are no ballots left to count, but the results won't become official until they're certified on Friday.

Russell F. Williams II remained in sixth place in the school board race.

The top six of the 11 school board candidates in the Sept. 14 primary advance to the Nov. 2 general election, when three board seats will be chosen.

James W. Staley, who was 35 votes behind Williams on primary night, finished 51 votes behind Williams after the two rounds of absentee and provisional vote-counting.

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In the race for five Washington County Commissioners seats, Ruth Anne Callaham had the fifth-highest total among Republicans on primary night -- 267 ahead of Robin Lynn Wivell.

Including absentee ballots, Callaham finished 251 votes ahead of Wivell.

The top five Republicans in the primary advance to the general election.

The Washington County Board of Elections has posted complete, but unofficial results on its website, http://www.washco-md.net/election/elect1.html. Click on "Unofficial Primary Summary Results."

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