2012-05-03 / Front Page

Election Board Canvasses Tues. Primary Votes

Official, certified election results due to state by May 14
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

It’s official! The votes are in and have been canvassed and carefully scrutinized by the Fulton County Election Board comprised of commissioners Rodney McCray, Craig Cutchall and Irvin Dasher. Having met Friday in the commissioners office with chief clerk and local head of elections Dan Swain, the group perused votes cast during the April 24 spring election.

According to Swain, it is likely the election votes will be officially certified on May 8, as the process must be completed at least five days after the completion of the canvass. In addition, official certified results are due to the state no later than May 14, Swain said.

In reviewing write-in votes cast locally, which were not released by the “News” during last week’s election wrap-up story, it appears several candidates faired well on both the Republican and Democratic tickets. Among those were Travis Schooley and Karen Ramsburg, who both received votes for the U.S. Congressional Ninth District position currently held by Republican incumbent Bill Shuster. Travis Schooley received 54 Republican write-in votes for the position, while a name variation of Travis G. Schooley garnered 72 votes.

Meanwhile, Karen Ramsburg got 73 write-in votes in comparison to four votes for Karen Remsburg from registered Republicans. On the Democratic ballot, Ramsburg, an Independent candidate, received a total of 208 votes under three different spellings.

Under the categories of delegate and alternative delegate to the Republican National Convention representing the Ninth Congressional District, Ramsburg went on to receive the lion’s share of write-in votes with 19 and 4 votes for the respective positions.

On the Democratic ballot, Republican Rep. Dick L. Hess received a total of 109 votes here for his continued representation in the state’s 78th District of the House of Representatives under a variety of names including Dick D. Hess, Dick Hess, Hess, Richard Hess and Dick L. Hess.

The position of Fulton County Republican Township Committeeperson was also appealing to many individuals countywide. In Belfast Township, longtime committee member Barry Mellott received three write-in votes for township committee in comparison to 12 other candidates getting only one vote each. Former Southern Fulton School Board Director John McKee received three votes in Brush Creek Township for the local Republican committee, and David Cutchall came out on top with write-in votes in Taylor Township with three. Josiah Wilt also received votes in Taylor for committeeperson with two votes.

Three Union Township residents received two write-in votes each for township Republican committeeperson. Don Lerch, Timothy Deremer and Lou Houff each got two votes a piece.

Interestingly, tallies show registered Democrats residing in Todd Township penciled in the most write-in votes with 112 total. Aside from the Valley-Hi Borough where there were not any write-in votes cast, the least amount of Democratic write-in votes was in Union Township with nine.

On the Republican ticket, 105 write-in votes were cast in Ayr Township in comparison to only four and eight votes in Wells and Bethel townships.

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