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NEWS
January 22, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The 2008 election cycle in Franklin County cost about $400,000, some of which will be reimbursed through the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA). The county spent $194,000 in the first six months of 2008 and $193,000 in the second half for election costs and voter registration, Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers told the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday. The information is part of a report required to receive federal reimbursements, she said. The county is supposed to receive about $121,000 in reimbursements for maintenance of election equipment, ballot printing, poll worker training and addressing handicapped accessibility issues at polling places, Byers told the board.
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NEWS
May 28, 1998
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town voters will be picking from a slate of unopposed candidates in today's municipal election. The polls at City Hall will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., said City Clerk Brenda Hamilton. With no contested races, Hamilton said she expects voter turnout to be low. J. Randolph Hilton is seeking a second term as mayor. He first got into town politics when he was chosen to finish the final year of a term vacated when a council member died in 1986.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | May 11, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com Clerks in Berkeley and Jefferson counties are expecting a low turnout in today's primary election in West Virginia, despite a host of contested local and state races and referendum questions in both counties. Jefferson County Clerk John Ott said people don't seem to care about this year's primary races. He said few people have shown up at campaign events, and a woman told him Monday she did not know whom to vote for. "I said, 'You had four months to read the paper,'" Ott said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 7, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The debates over how local population growth should be managed and how statewide issues such as tax reform and how higher teacher salaries should be addressed will come into focus today as voters head to the polls to decide which candidates they feel will best deal with the challenges. Voters in the three Eastern Panhandle counties will get the chance today to cast ballots in races for county commission, state lawmaker and U.S. Congress. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. In the county commission races, the campaigns have dealt largely with population growth and how it should be managed in coming years.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | September 16, 1998
More than two out of three of Washington County's registered voters elected not to vote in Tuesday's primary election despite a large field of candidates and a $54 million county water and sewer debt. Only 30.5 percent, or 19,652, of the county's 64,389 registered voters went to the polls, said Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel. More people voted in this year's primary than in the 1994 gubernatorial primary although the percentage of voters was higher that year at 36 percent, Kaetzel said.
NEWS
March 13, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer Voter turnout was so low for Hagerstown's primary election on Tuesday that the cost of the balloting worked out to $16.78 per voter. Despite the 10 percent turnout, the election cost city taxpayers $25,810. Had all 14,726 registered voters cast ballots, the cost per voter would have worked out to slightly more than $1.75. Of those eligible to vote in the primary, only 1,538 cast ballots, including those who voted by absentee ballot, said Dorothy Kaetzel, election director for the Washington County Supervisors of Elections.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | November 5, 2002
laurae@herald-mail.com Voters will settle several hotly contested races Tuesday, determining who will guide Maryland and Washington County government for the next four years. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. At the top of the ticket is the governor's race, in which the two candidates are running neck and neck. No matter who wins, history will be made. Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend would become the state's first woman governor or Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. would retake the governor's mansion for his party after a lapse of more than 30 years.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | May 13, 2010
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Jefferson County Commission member Jim Surkamp Wednesday blamed his defeat in Tuesday's three-way Democratic primary on third-place votegetter Ruth McQuade, who siphoned votes from him. "Ruth McQuade's campaign took votes from me and Paul Taylor was thus elected," Surkamp wrote in the first line of a two-line conciliatory e-mail Wednesday. Taylor won with 1,280 votes followed by Surkamp with 926. McQuade ended the day with 922 votes in a primary that drew only 4,678 voters, or 14 percent of Jefferson County's 34,000-plus eligible voters.
NEWS
by WANDA T. WILLIAMS | August 22, 2004
wandaw@herald-mail.com TRI-STATE - Tri-State election officials say new voter registrations are coming in as the 2004 presidential election nears. Last month, the Washington County Board of Elections registered 701 new voters, said Dorothy Kaetzel, the county's election director. Typically, the office handles about 300 or 400 registrations per month, she said. There are 73,660 registered voters in Washington County. Kaetzel said high voter registration in a presidential year is not unusual, but this year's turnout has been higher than past presidential elections.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 13, 2008
EASTERN PANHANDLE -- More than 5 percent of West Virginia's 71,209 "early voters" came from Berkeley and Jefferson counties, according to county officials who projected a high turnout for a primary election fueled by a marathon Democratic Party presidential nominating contest and zoning. "Early voting just keeps growing and growing," Bonnie Woodfall said of this year's turnout in Berkeley County, where about 6 percent of the 61,381 registered voters (3,761) decided to cast their ballots early.
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