MERCER COUNTY —
The Mercer County Board of Elections agreed to discard two provisional ballots from the May 20 primary, after both ballots failed to meet voting requirements.
The first ballot was given to the elections office from Pine Township, but the voter was still registered in Butler County, even though he had moved to Mercer County, according to Director of Elections Jeff Greenburg.
He said there had been no application to register in Mercer County made by the voter, nor any record of a voting registration through PennDOT.
The board, composed of commissioners John Lechner, Matt McConnell and Brian Beader, voted 2-0 to discard the ballot and determined the voter was ineligible in Mercer County. Beader was absent.
The second provisional ballot came from Findley Township, Greenburg said, and involved a former county resident who moved to Allegheny County, registered to vote in that county and changed his driver’s license address to Allegheny County as well.
He came to the polls in Mercer County to vote because he said he had moved back to the area. Greenburg said the man said his move to the Pittsburgh area was temporary.
Greenburg said he did not file the appropriate paperwork to register to vote again in Mercer County.
Lechner said the voter had opportunities to address the issue before the primary but did not. The ballot was denied by a 2-0 vote.
The first signing of the election books for 2014 will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday and the second at 10 a.m. June 11.