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NEWS
June 23, 2005
The uninformed shouldn't vote To the editor: In response to "Upping voter turnout", (Editorial, Friday, June 17): The Herald-Mail bemoaned the low voter turnout for city elections and proceeded to lay out some "solutions" to the low turnout. Many of the options mentioned seem to be geared toward simply making it easier for people to cast their votes without also engaging them in the issues. I think that it is better that we have a low turnout of informed people who genuinely care about their destiny than we suffer a high turnout of rubes who cast ballots because it is something to do while they are yammering at the community coffee klatsch.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 2, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com EASTERN PANHANDLE, W.Va. - Election officials in West Virginia believe voter turnout in today's general election could reach nearly 70 percent in some areas as Eastern Panhandle residents cast ballots in a variety of political races from county magistrate to U.S. president. Berkeley County Clerk John Small said he believes voter turnout could be as high as 68 percent today. Small said he based his prediction on the large number of county residents who voted early.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | September 3, 1998
Voter registration in Washington County is at an all-time high going into the Sept. 15 primary, but officials believe that most of those people won't go to the polls. According to voter registration records, 64,389 Washington County residents are registered to vote. Of those, 56,678 are registered as either Republican or Democrat, and therefore are eligible to vote in the primary. The GOP has the edge with 28,546, while 28,132 people are registered Democrats. --cont from news page -- Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel said she expects voter turnout to remain low, in line with the 36 percent turnout for the 1994 gubernatorial race.
NEWS
May 13, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer Most Hagerstown voters probably won't head for the polls next Tuesday for balloting to choose the next mayor and five City Council members. "People around here don't seem very politically minded," said Kathy Wiebel, 41, of East Irvin Avenue. Wiebel said she plans to vote next Tuesday because she wants to do her part to make sure Democratic Mayor Steven T. Sager is re-elected to a fourth term. But she isn't optimistic about voter turnout.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | November 4, 2002
chambersburg@herald-mail.com Voters in the Eastern Panhandle are taking advantage of a new early voting program, prompting some election officials to say it will increase voter turnout in the general election. "This is going over and above whatever we expected," said Lefty Files, a Democratic ballot commissioner for Berkeley County, W.Va. "There is a tremendous number of people coming out of cracks in the walls to vote. " The West Virginia Secretary of State's office this year implemented No Excuse Absentee Voting, which allows residents to cast ballots in person before Election Day. Courthouses in each county began accepting early votes Oct. 21. Residents who want to vote before Tuesday's election still have the option of filling out a ballot from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.
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By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | May 8, 2000
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Voter turnout for today's primary election in Jefferson County could be higher than in previous years as voters have the chance to select candidates for County Commission, sheriff, Board of Education, circuit judge, magistrate and other races. cont. from news page Jefferson County Clerk John Ott said at first he thought the turnout might be low. But considering some of the races, including a five-way Democratic run for an open seat on the County Commission and the "hullabaloo" over the four-way race for School Board, turnout might be high, Ott said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | November 7, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Tuesday's voter turnout in Franklin County, Pa., started stronger in Chambersburg than the southern portion of the county, officials said. That partially could be attributed to the Chambersburg mayoral race between Democrat Peter Lagiovane and Republican Robert B. Wollyung, Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said. Voters had to be in line at the polls by 8 p.m. to cast a vote in the municipal election. With all of the county's 74 precincts reporting Tuesday night, 26 percent of the county's 83,930 registered voters had cast ballots, according to unofficial election results.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | January 28, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com HANCOCK - Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy was re-elected to a fourth term Monday, defeating challenger Darwin Mills by 44 votes. Town voters also re-elected incumbent Councilmen David Smith and Randy Pittman. Residents Franklin Courtney and William Mills, son of Darwin Mills, ran against Smith and Pittman for council. Murphy received 289 votes and Mills got 245 votes. "It was close," Hancock Election Board Chairman Lowell Younker said Monday.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | November 18, 1998
SHARPSBURG - Thirty-four people voted in Tuesday's Sharpsburg election, more than enough to make winners of all four Town Council candidates who ran uncontested. Election Director Anna Louise Jamison said voter turnout was 7 percent, the lowest in the 20 years she has been working the polls. Jamison said she believed only 34 of 478 registered voters cast a ballot because the races were uncontested. Vice Mayor Sidney Gale, who received 33 votes, said low voter turnout is usually related to a constituency satisfied with how elected officials are doing their jobs.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 24, 2012
The dwindling number of GOP presidential candidates and the sparse number of Democrats running for office led to diminished voter turnout Tuesday in Franklin County, Pa. About 27 percent of registered Republicans and 16 percent of registered Democrats went to the polls, according to complete, but unofficial results. In 2008, the last presidential primary, overall voter turnout was 35 percent. “Turnout was significantly affected by the exit of (presidential candidate) Rick Santorum.
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