The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

May 29, 2007

Election results are official; few changes with final tally

MERCER COUNTY — Mercer County primary election results are now official and there is little change in the wake of the final tally.

Other than a tie broken by absentee ballots for South Pymatuning Township Supervisor — which was reported last week — the final results certified Tuesday by the county election board show no change in the outcome of contested races that were reported May 16 in The Herald.

Complete results can be found online at www.mcc.co.mercer.pa.us. Once there, click on “Voter Registration & Election,” and then on the link to official results.

County Elections Director Jeff Greenburg said there were a few votes difference between the unofficial and official results, mostly because some voting precincts added the absentee ballots to both the machine count and the tally sheets that record the ballots.

It made a difference by a “couple votes here and there,” Greenburg said. While the winners all stayed the same, there was one case where changes will make a difference in the fall ballot position.

Ballot position will present Democrats first because there is a Democratic governor in Pennsylvania right now. Then, in each list of Democratic and Republican, candidates will be listed in order of who earned the most votes, Greenburg said.

For instance, the commissioner race will show Brian Beader at the top of the ballot as the top Democratic vote-getter.

But for West Middlesex Area School District, lots will have to be cast to see who gets the fourth ballot position and who gets the fifth, because the official results showed a fourth-place tie between Glori Jones and Jonathan Fister. They tied on the Democratic side of the ballot at 416 votes.

The election results were certified the first time Thursday morning. The second signing, though, is the certification that marks the results as official.

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