2010-11-04 / Front Page

Republicans Take County, State

Bethel Township accident may have caused voters to miss casting ballot
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Marlin Aughenbaugh votes early Tuesday afternoon at the Ayr Township Municipal Building as Pam Glenn, standing left, judge of elections; Dora Lynch, center, majority inspector; and Pat Berkstresser, right, minority inspector, watch. Seated in the foreground are clerks Dororthy Randler and Martha Gordon. Aughenbaugh’s ballot was the 268th cast in Ayr in a general election that has a number of closely contested races across the state. Marlin Aughenbaugh votes early Tuesday afternoon at the Ayr Township Municipal Building as Pam Glenn, standing left, judge of elections; Dora Lynch, center, majority inspector; and Pat Berkstresser, right, minority inspector, watch. Seated in the foreground are clerks Dororthy Randler and Martha Gordon. Aughenbaugh’s ballot was the 268th cast in Ayr in a general election that has a number of closely contested races across the state. Aside from an unexpected traffic accident not far from the Bethel Township polling place that caused traffic to back-up for a short period of time, the November 2 general election went off without a hitch in Fulton County.

Fulton County Chief Clerk Daniel Swain Jr. announced at the close of the polls Tuesday evening any voters who were unable to reach the Bethel Township polling place between 4:10 p.m. and 4:55 p.m. as a result of the collision should request an emergency absentee ballot. In order to receive the special ballot, the voters in question should appear in person at the Fulton County Elections Office located in the Neighborhood Service Center at 116 West Market Street.

The deadline to submit a request for an emergency absentee ballot has been set as 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 4.

Meanwhile, just shy of 50 percent of Fulton County’s 9,189 registered voters managed to turn out at the polls on Tuesday to cast their vote in several hotly contested races including that of state governor.

At 11:10 p.m. with around 93 percent of precincts in the state reporting, Republican Tom Corbett made his acceptance speech as governor-elect. Corbett and his running mate Jim Cawley were very successful in county securing 79 percent of votes cast.

Corbett finished the race locally with 3,515 votes in comparison to Democrat Dan Onorato, who clinched a total of 943 votes. Onorato was joined on the ticket with lieutenant governor candidate Scot Conklin.

Mirroring the gubernatorial race, Fulton County Republicans turned out in force to show their support for United States senator candidate Pat Toomey. Toomey easily led Democratic challenger Joe Sestak throughout the evening’s tabulations of votes with Toomey finishing out the race in county with 3,428. Sestak tallied 1,035 here but numbers remained so close in statewide totals many watching the race said it was too close to call.

Republican incumbent Bill Shuster easily handled political newcomer Tom Conners on Tuesday in the race for representative in the Ninth Congressional District. Shuster took 3,432 votes here, while Conners (D) finished out the race with 1,001 votes.

While Governor-elect Corbett was making his announcement, Congressman Shuster was also issuing a statement to the media regarding his re-election.

“With the election over, it is time to look forward to the work that needs to be done to put America back on track,” said Shuster. “I rededicate myself to representing all of my constituents in the Ninth Dis- trict. I will continue to bring greater opportunity for my constituents through economic development, investment and strong constituent service.”

John H. Eichelberger Jr. wrapped up November 2 as the lone candidate on the ballot in an uncontested race for state senator of the 30th District. Eichelberger, a Republican, totalled 4,195 votes here, while incumbent Dick L. Hess also ran uncontested during the general election. Hess secured 4,299 votes and will return to his position as state representative in the 78th District.

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