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by SCOTT BUTKI | November 6, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com Members of the Landlords and Property Owners Association of Washington County sparked controversy Tuesday when they turned up at at least 10 polling places in Hagerstown to gather signatures for a petition. Initially, some of the association members were inside the buildings where voters were casting ballots. They were trying to obtain signatures for a petition to take to referendum the Hagerstown rental registration ordinance approved Oct. 22 by the Hagerstown City Council.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | December 24, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - A failed referendum attempt by the Landlords and Property Owners Association of Washington County has led both the association and the City of Hagerstown to file separate legal actions in Washington County Circuit Court. The city has asked the court in a complaint for declaratory judgment to prevent petitioners from being within 100 feet of voters at polling places, as the association was during the Nov. 5 general election. The association, represented by attorney Ed Kuczynski, has filed a petition for judicial review, which asks the court to determine whether the number of signatures counted was correct.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 27, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Two Washington County polling places did not open on time in 2006, and some residents had concerns about casting their votes electronically. A voting task force wants to hear this type of information and more during a public meeting Dec. 4 in Hagerstown. The public is invited to speak to members of the task force to share their experiences and any problems they had when voting in the 2006 primary and general elections, a spokeswoman for Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said.
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By ERIN JULIUS | November 4, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Election officials have prepared for a higher-than-usual voter turnout today. Dorothy Kaetzel, Washington County's election director, said she expects about 80 percent of the county's 85,184 registered voters to cast votes this year. In 2004, during the last presidential election, 58,086 of the 77,309 registered voters turned out to vote, for a turnout of 75.13 percent, she said. Kaetzel asked that voters be patient if they have to stand in line, and recommended voting between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when polling places would be the least busy.
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December 9, 2002
The Washington County Board of Elections will meet tomorrow in executive session to act on the City of Hagerstown's request to find that a local landlords' group violated state election law when it collected petition signatures at the polls on Election Day. We understand that since the board will be consulting with its attorney, it will be able to close the meeting. However, we hope that afterward it will give the public some explanation for what happened Nov. 5. That day voters who went to city polling places found members of the Landlords and Property Owners Association of Washington County collecting signatures for a petition opposing the city's proposed rental property inspection program.
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By SCOTT BUTKI | November 13, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - The Washington County Board of Elections said Tuesday it will be at least a month before it acts on a written request by the City of Hagerstown to find that a landlords group violated state elections law when it collected petition signatures at voting precincts on Election Day. The Landlords and Property Owners Association of Washington County has denied any wrongdoing, saying it was acting with...
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 28, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - With most returns in two counties counted in Tuesday's Republican primary, The Associated Press declared Mark Keller the winner over Sharon Cole in the 86th District race for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Keller, 51, was ahead of Cole 971 to 828 with all of the 75 precincts reporting in Franklin County. Keller also was leading in Perry County with 30 of 33 polling places reporting results at press time. The 86th District, long and rural, covers all of Perry County plus the western length of Franklin County running north of and including part of Peters Township and all of St. Thomas, Fannett and Metal townships and part of Hamilton Township.
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by LAURA ERNDE | December 17, 2002
laurae@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Controversy over an Election Day petition drive by a Hagerstown landlords' group means that future petitioners won't be allowed to collect signatures inside polling places. However, petitioners will still be allowed within 100 feet of polling places, the Washington County Election Board has decided. The policy was spelled out in a letter Monday from Election Board lawyer Roger Schlossberg to a Hagerstown attorney, William P. Nairn.
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By DON AINES | November 4, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Got an Obama T-shirt or a McCain hat? The Franklin County (Pa.) Election Board would like anyone with partisan political apparel to leave it at home, in the car or cover it up. It has been the policy of the county not to allow electioneering materials, including clothing, into polling places during voting, Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said. That was buttressed by a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruling involving another county that, while not banning such attire, left it up to counties to determine what constitutes "electioneering.
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 2, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Members of the Jefferson County Commission wrapped up an ongoing controversy Thursday over how a June 25 special election in the county was conducted, but not before more discussion - sometimes heated - over an issue which one county official described as a "blatant partisan witch hunt. " County Commission President Rusty Morgan said at the conclusion of Thursday's meeting that he found nothing to indicate that the election had been compromised despite concerns over possible problems such as polls opening late and ballot boxes being left unattended.
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